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NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Possible tornadoes and torrential rains were reported across New Jersey as Tropical Storm Isaias roared to the north, leaving behind power outages and flooded streets.

Nearly 1 million customers were without power across the state while NJ Transit suspended all service due to weather related overhead wire and signal issues.

Morris and Essex, Montclair Boonton, Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Atlantic City Rail Line service is suspended in both directions due to weather related overhead wire and signal issues.

— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) August 4, 2020

A state of emergency remained in effect and Gov. Phil Murphy said during a briefing the western part of the state would likely get the most rain while the strongest winds would hit the shore.

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A tornado warning has been issued for the entire state of New Jersey until 4 p.m. for some counties, Gov. Murphy said during a weather briefing.

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A tornado watch is in effect statewide until 4 p.m.

One tornado was reported on the ground but not confirmed on Long Beach Island.

Electric wires down in the road way in the area of 79th street. Traffic being diverted. Widespread power out through town. Use caution and stay off the roadway if possible. #TropicalStormIsaias

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Confirmed tornadoes were spotted on the ground west of Ocean Cityand in Cape May County.

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Viewer video from Paul Cassaccio shows a tornado in Marmora, New Jersey.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or damage, although some trees were reportedly knocked down.

The state's utilities were reporting 818,000 homes and businesses were without electricity as of noon. Crews were staging to restore service once the worst of the weather had passed.

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Toni Yates reports on the impact of Isaias in Morristown, New Jersey.

AccuWeather forecasted 45 to 55 mph winds with gusts to 70 mph.

Motorists were told to stay off the roads unless "absolutely necessary."

The New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles. All state offices were closed and nonessential state government workers were told to stay home. Murphy said he was hoping the day would mostly be a "washout."

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A state of emergency remained in effect and Gov. Phil Murphy said during a briefing the western part of the state would likely get the most rain while the strongest winds would hit

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Torrential rain flooded other parts of the state.

Radar rainfall estimated up to 6 inches across western New Jersey by midday, according to meteorologist Lee Goldberg.

Radar rainfall estimates up to 6" across western New Jersey!

— Lee Goldberg (@LeeGoldbergABC7) August 4, 2020

Prior to the storm in Jersey City, front loaders filled up barricades with sand to protect against flooding. They were placed at more than 30 locations.

In Hoboken, which is prone to flooding, the municipal parking garages are already full.

"During the previous two storms we saw a lot of cars getting stuck in flood waters which were impeding emergency services," said Ravinder Bhalla, Hoboken Mayor.
Governor Phil Murphy declared the state of emergency for all of the state's 21 counties and urged people to stay off the roads.

"Do not attempt to drive into any floodwaters," Murphy said. "Turn around and don't drown."

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Reporter Corey Davis from sister station WPVI found some damage along the southern NJ coast.

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RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed two bills into law Friday aimed at addressing staffing shortages and residents’ isolation at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, two areas of vulnerability exposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The bills signed Friday were an outgrowth of a consultant’s report released in June.

More than 7,000 people have died from COVID-19 in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, about half of the state’s total deaths.

In May, the Democratic governor was forced to send the National Guard to nursing homes hit hard by the new coronavirus. The state's largest facility, in Andover, was fined more than $200,000 by federal health authorities for putting residents in its care at risk. In April, police acting on an anonymous tip found 18 bodies in a makeshift morgue at the home.

One bill signed Friday requires facilities to maintain a minimum staff-to-patient ratio during morning, evening and overnight shifts. During the height of the pandemic, many facilities operated with significantly reduced staffs as many employees fell sick themselves. A task force will develop strategies to attract and retain staff, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said.

The other bill requires facilities to create policies to prevent social isolation of residents and enable better communication with loved ones. Families of long-term care residents often were left scrambling for information about their loved ones for days or weeks. Visitation has been restricted for months.

To retain their licenses, facilities will have to ensure residents can have contact with other facility residents and family members, and be able to engage in religious and recreational activities, except when those activities are specifically restricted or prohibited. During those times, the bill requires facilities to have plans for virtual visitation.

Also on Friday, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat whose district includes the Andover facility, announced bipartisan legislation to create nationwide requirements for facilities to have crisis plans, personal protective equipment stockpiles and to notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about outbreaks in real time.

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