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To mark Emergency Preparedness Month, New Jersey officials are urging residents to be prepared for hurricanes and other extreme weather events that have become more frequent due to climate change.
State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan, who is also director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, says storms are becoming more frequent and more intense.
“The ocean temps alone reached 100 degrees and warm ocean water is really what gives us a great concern, especially during the upcoming months of hurricane season,” he said.
Callahan is referring to ocean temperatures off the coast of Florida, which topped 100 degrees in July, possibly setting a new record.