MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Township officials are closely monitoring the nor’easter meteorologists predict will bring coastal flooding, high winds and a mix and snow and rain through Thursday morning.

The Public Works Department has made the necessary preparations for this storm. New supplies of salt and sand have been delivered to the Public Works Yard. Road crews are ready to be activated. Township snow removal equipment has been inspected and readied for service. Crews also cleared drainage inlets and staged barricades near roads that could flood during the storm, said Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger.

Residents, especially in low lying and vulnerable areas, are encouraged to take all necessary precautions. This includes moving vehicles to higher ground and securing loose items in yards. High tides will be at approximately  2:58 pm Wednesday and 3:30 am Thursday, the mayor said.

In the event of power outages residents, need to call 1-888-LIGHTSS for power outages, that's 1-888-544-4877.  Please limit 911 calls to emergencies only.

The township has been advised that JCP&L is prepared to work around the clock to restore service should weather-related outages occur.  The utility is bringing in more than 120 line personnel and hazard responders to support restoration efforts, securing 120 tree contractor crews to respond to tree-related conditions and activating the JCP&L storm information page on the 24/7 Power Center .

Visit www.middletownnj.org for updates. Please continue to monitor weather conditions on local radio and tv stations. Residents can also visit the national weather service at weather.gov