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Joaquin Taking Turn For Best, But Bergen Officials Still Wary

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco speaking at media briefing before OEM meeting in Mahwah.
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco speaking at media briefing before OEM meeting in Mahwah. Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

MAHWAH, N.J. -- Bergen County residents should still have survival kits on hand into next week even though Hurricane Joaquin looks to be tacking away, county Executive Jim Tedesco said Friday morning.

"It looks like it's not going to impact us in Bergen County as we thought it would earlier in the week," Tedesco said Friday morning during a media briefing before an emergency management meeting at the Public Safety Operations Center in Mahwah.

However, he cautioned that “there's still an opportunity for something to happen."

What originally was expected to be three to five inches of rain now will likely be an inch over the next 24 to 48 hours, said Lt. Matthew Tiedermann of the county Office of Emergency Maagement.

The county nonetheless is prepared -- and residents should be, as well, Bergen County OEM Director Tom Metzler said.

The storm is expected to take a northeast turn away from the coast by 4:30 this afternoon, but North Jersey will still get a good soaking, he said.

Metzler urged residents to fill their gas tanks, have a gallon of water per person per day through the weekend, non-perishable food, baby supplies, as well as ample supplies of medication, cash and a first aid kit.

If necessary, county officials will open shelters in Mahwah, Lyndhurst and Paramus, he said.

Tedesco also announced that the 51st Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show and Concert, originally scheduled for this weekend, is postponed to Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Van Saun County Park in Paramus.

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