N.J. residents are bracing for Tropical Storm Allison.
It will be the worst storm to hit the state in decades, and could bring devastating storm surges and flooding to the state, forecasters said.
Allison, which is expected to hit Thursday morning, could produce 10 to 20 feet of rain in parts of the state.
It could be even more destructive than Hurricane Sandy, which was responsible for more than 2,300 deaths in New Jersey and New York state and left a $1 trillion damage.
Allison’s arrival has prompted Gov.
Chris Christie to call it “one of the worst storms we’ve ever had.”
The storm is moving westward and is forecast to dump up to 2 feet of water on areas of the Jersey Shore.
The storm will also bring winds of up to 75 mph and a heavy rainfall.
Allison will hit the Jersey City area Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service warned residents to expect up to 1 foot of rain for parts of New Jersey.
Allison is expected move westward Wednesday night, but the storm will likely pass by Jersey City before it reaches the coast.
Allison was forecast to bring heavy rainfall and gusts of up 30 mph to New York City, according to a National Weather System forecast from NWS New York.
Allison could bring up to 4 inches of rain to parts of northern New Jersey, according a report from the National Weather Center.
A total of 16 deaths were reported in New York and New Jersey from the storm, the most deaths of any tropical storm in the state’s history.
Allison made landfall near Lake George, Florida, on Thursday morning with winds of 55 mph.
The Atlantic Hurricane Center said Allison will continue to strengthen Wednesday night and is expected as a Category 4 hurricane.
The NWS said Allison could produce sustained winds of 70 mph, with gusts up to 85 mph.
It is also expected to produce rainfalls of more than 3 inches, but will be more dangerous in the areas around the coast due to the storm’s potential for flooding, according the National Hurricane Center.
Allison brought heavy rain to the coastal areas of New York, New Jersey on Thursday night.
A mandatory evacuation order was lifted for parts in New Brunswick and Jersey City on Thursday evening.
The advisory for New Brunswick is still in effect.
The evacuation order for Jersey City is for the city of 9,000 residents, and New Brunswick residents are allowed to leave for a day or two.
The order in Jersey City was lifted at 11 p.m.
Thursday and people are allowed out for a few hours.
Allison hit the coast of Florida, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds, with winds reaching 110 mph and torrential rain in some parts of Florida.
Allison reached the Atlantic coast Wednesday night.
It was the fourth hurricane to make landfall in the Caribbean since 1900.
Allison has been forecast to continue weakening in the next several days, with an eye of tropical storm force strengthening and then weakening as it heads toward the coast, forecaster Rob Poynter said.
In addition to the threat of flooding and storm surge, Allison will bring more heavy rain.
Allison would bring the heaviest rainfall in Atlantic City since Hurricane Sandy in 2013, when it brought 2 feet to the city, according NWS Atlantic City.
Allison brings winds of 75 mph to the Bahamas, according forecasters.
Allison won’t have a track record as a hurricane, but it will be one of the most destructive storms to hit New Jersey in decades.
Allison comes as New York is preparing for a second storm surge.
In the last storm surge event in 2000, Allison dumped up to 8 feet of storm surge in New Orleans, according Topps Inc. meteorologist Mark Stryk.
Allison came as New Jersey was facing a second major storm surge this year.
In 2016, Allison was responsible in excess of 15 feet of floodwater in Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Allison caused the worst flooding in Atlantic Bay, N,S.
and caused a total of 5 inches of flooding in New Rochelle, N.,according to NWS Northumberland County.
Allison and Sandy, the other major storm of the 2016 Atlantic storm season, caused $1.1 trillion in damage in New England and New Mexico, according meteorologist Jason Salisbury.
This is the first major storm to be recorded as a major hurricane since Tropical Storm Hugo in 1980, Salisbury said.