Governor Christie declares state of emergency for NJ coastal counties ahead of Hermine

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County as a result of severe weather conditions expected with Tropical Storm Hermine.

According to a press release, the declaration comes after reports from the National Weather Service that Hermine will impact the entire New Jersey shoreline, particularly Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties.

The storm is expected to bring tropical storm force winds, very heavy and sustained rain, as well as moderate to major coastal flooding with heavy surf and beach erosion.

"The impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County," said Governor Christie.

"This situation may become too large in scope to be handled by the normal county and municipal operating services in Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County, and this situation may spread to other parts of the State.

"So as a result, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey, I've signed an Executive Order declaring a State Of Emergency in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County effective immediately, giving emergency management personnel the tools they need to ensure a speedy and orderly response."

The declaration will activate elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadens the powers of the New Jersey State Police, including traffic control, and enabling the National Guard to assist with rescue or cleanup operations if necessary.