OCEAN COUNTY– With tropical storm warnings in effect, Ocean County residents and visitors are urged to prepare for bad weather including strong winds and heavy rains.

“Today (Monday, Aug. 3) is the day to get prepared if you haven’t already,” said Ocean Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari in a press release. “While it may be a beautiful day today, tomorrow’s weather will be a different story.”

Residents and visitors should secure outside items that can be affected by strong, tropical storm force winds including deck furniture, outside umbrellas, flags, portable basketball hoops and other items. In addition, boats should be secured. Vehicles should be moved to higher ground if you are in a flood prone area.

Because of the strong winds, power outages may be widespread.

“The best thing to do is walk around your house and secure those things that you see that can fly away or get pushed over and become a hazard,” Vicari said. “As part of your storm preparation, make sure you have battery operated flashlights and report power outages right away to the power company that services your area.”

Also steer clear of downed power lines and always assume they are live and dangerous.

For Jersey Central Power and Light Company customers
• Text OUT to 544487
• Online at https://www.firstenergycorp.com/jersey_central_power_light.html
• Use the JCP&L smartphone app (iPhone and Android)
• Via the “Report an Outage” tab on Facebook
• Call 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877) to report power outages or downed power lines.

For Atlantic City Electric Customers:
• To report outages and/or downed wires, call 1-800-833-7476, follow the prompts, and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through their mobile app or at atlanticcityelectric.com/storm.