Severe Thunderstorms Tonight through 9pm

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now
Radar 5pm, Sat., Oct. 16, 2021National Weather Service

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

At 4:53pm, Severe Thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Chester to East Hanover, moving northeast at 45 mph.

Radar indicated 60mph wind gusts. Expect damage to trees and power lines. For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. " ~ National Weather Service

Essex County Storm Forecast


Cat. 7: Moderate Gale Winds: 38mph / Difficult to walk against

  • 5pm to 7pm: LIKELY Thunderstorms
  • 7pm to 8pm: SEVERE Thunderstorms

Cat. 6: Strong Breeze: 30mph

  • 8pm to 9pm: SEVERE Thunderstorms
  • 9pm to 12am: Scattered Rain

Passaic River at Pine BrookNational Weather Service

Passaic River

The Passaic River continues to be monitored for flooding its banks.

  • The Passaic River floods at 19'
  • 4:15pm, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021: Flood Level: 12'

Highest on Record: Irene

  • Aug. 30, 2011: Flood Level: 24.12'


Storm Preparations

Plan in advance:

  • Have electronics fully charged
  • Be off the road before flooding occurs
  • Do not drive around barricades or through flooded areas.
  • Move Cars / Items away from Trees and Utility Poles

In Case of Power Outage

Check PSEG Status

  • On cellphone messages: Message 47734, Type: STAT, Press send
  • Or Call: 1-800-436-7734


  • Keep the Freezer closed as long as possible.
  • Freezer food stays frozen for 48 hours if the door stays closed.


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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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