NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tropical Storm Isaias pushed into New York state after barreling its way through New Jersey today, leaving behind fallen trees, local flooding and a litany of canceled programs.
NJ Transit reports that service on the Northeast Corridor - which has a stop in New Brunswick - and all rail lines have been suspended as of 1:30 p.m.
At about 12:45 p.m., NJ Transit reported that Morris and Essex, Montclair Boonton, Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Atlantic City Rail Line service had been suspended in both directions due to weather related overhead wire and signal issues.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Middlesex, Hunterdon, Warren, Mercer and Somerset counties until 11:45 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, some parts of the state received up to 7 inches of rain.
Rutgers police said there are multiple reports of power outages on the New Brunswick campus.
A State of Emergency has been declared by Gov. Phil Murphy for Hurricane Isaias, and the expected rain and winds have forced the New Brunswick school district to postpone today's scheduled meal distribution for students.
The district provides enough meals on Tuesdays to last through Thursday. The district also distributes meals on Fridays to last students until the following Tuesday.
Today's scheduled distribution has been pushed back to Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Mayor Jim Cahill said that garbage and recycling collection schedules were altered so that the city's department of public works could complete pickups before the storm hit with full force.
Cahill said in his daily COVID-19 Report Podcast that city officials will monitor the Raritan River later tonight and tomorrow for flooding. He said that the storm surge can push ocean water into Raritan Bay and then into the river. He also said that communities upstream could experience flooding that could cause the banks to overflow downstream in New Brunswick.
COVID-19 testing at the drive-through clinic in Piscataway has been rescheduled for Thursday. Today's appointments have been automatically rescheduled for Thursday. Residents who cannot keep Thursday's appointment are urged to call the Middlesex County Department of Health Services at 732-745-3100.