Bucks County Prepares Response To Tropical Storm Isaias

A rain fall map for Tropical Storm Isaias from the National Weather Service as of 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Bucks County is activating its Emergency Operations Center Tuesday in response to Tropical Storm Isaias.

The National Weather Service warns of intense winds with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.  Sustained winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour could lead to a possible tornado.

These winds could bring down power lines and trees, making property damage likely.  Experts warn of possible loss of life if people do not take appropriate action.

The most recent forecasts predict two to four inches of rain and there is flash flooding expected, especially near the Delaware River. Emergency Services Director Scott Forster says water rescue teams are on standby.

Forster and personnel from several county departments will be monitoring the situation from the EOC in Ivyland.

AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Kathleen Zinszer warns against driving through flooded waters. Even just six inches of water on the road can make a driver lose control or stall the engine.

“If you are on the highway and conditions are getting worse, take your nearest exit,” Zinszer said. “Don’t be afraid that you’re going to be late for something. You want to take safety first and drive to some place that is safe.”

A storm tracker shows the brunt of Isaias may arrive between 9 and 11 a.m.