Tropical Storm Karen is picking up steam in the Gulf of Mexico, and its size and shape are concerning officials as far north as Washington Township.
The municipality’s Office of Emergency Management sent out a Nixle alert Friday morning, warning residents of potential flash floods early next week if Karen continues its projected path.
In the alert, officials said:
Although Karen is expected to reach NJ by October 7-8, the main threat from Karen at this time is substantial rainfall, with much of our region expected to receive a minimum of 1.5 inches to a maximum of 4 inches. If we receive the higher amount, localized flash flooding is possible.
October in Washington Township has wreaked havoc in recent years, seeing Super Storm Sandy make landfall at the end of the month in 2012, and a nor’easter in 2011 that dropped about a foot of snow in the area.
Both storms cut power to the area for up to two weeks for some residents.
Tropical Storm Karen is expected make landfall in the Gulf this weekend.