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Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Weather


Rainfall is Expected to Accelerate in Many Parts of the State Over the Next Several Hours

State Offices to Be Dismissed at 3:00 p.m. for Non-Weather Essential Personnel


TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a State of Emergency effective at 3:00 p.m. due to significant and severe storms causing hazardous weather conditions including heavy rain and flash flooding. Executive Order No. 342 declares a State of Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm. 

The Governor has initiated a closing for state offices beginning at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. The early dismissal does not include essential employees or emergency personnel. Private companies and businesses should dismiss their employees at their own discretion.

“Throughout the state, especially in the north and central regions, we are experiencing heavy rainfalls resulting in hazardous conditions, and the rainfall is expected to accelerate in many parts of the state over the next several hours,” said Governor Murphy. “Flooding remains a significant concern due to the heavy rains much of the state already experienced this week. Residents should stay off the roads, remain alert, and follow all safety protocols.”

The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit for important weather updates and safety information. Residents should also pay attention to local forecasts, warnings, and watches.

For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at

For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at

For a copy of Executive Order No. 342, please click here.