By: Richard L. Smith
In response to the severe weather that battered New Jersey's largest cities, The Honorable Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh is set to declare a citywide emergency at 1 p.m. today.This tumultuous morning saw headlines dominated by stormy conditions, leading to significant flooding and widespread disruption across the region.
The storm, characterized by winds reaching 50 mph and heavy rainfall, slowly moved through the area overnight.
This resulted in power outages, extensive flooding, and a challenging commute for residents this morning.
The declaration of a citywide emergency by Mayor Sayegh underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a swift, coordinated response to ensure the safety and well-being of the Paterson community.
"The emergency declaration is a proactive measure to manage the ongoing challenges and mitigate further risks as the region grapples with the storm's impact."
The weather, although expected to improve by late morning, has already left a mark, with rain and wind anticipated to continue until around 11 a.m. before clearing up ahead of the evening rush hour.
This decision by the Honorable Mayor Sayegh is a critical step in ensuring that Paterson navigates through these adverse conditions with resilience and preparedness.