- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) - The latest on severe weather in New Jersey. All times local:

4 p.m.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has released information about some of its bridge and tunnel closures due to the changing projections for the storm.

The scheduled weekend overnight closure of the Bayonne Bridge will only occur on Friday night, beginning at 11:59 p.m. and ending at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Weather permitting, the Bike MS 2015: New York City charity bike tour will take place Sunday morning, causing the New Jersey-bound Holland Tunnel to be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. New York-bound traffic won’t be affected.

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3:30 p.m.

Gov. Chris Christie has canceled a planned news briefing on the storm hitting the state as it has forecasts have shifted to make it seem less dangerous.

Christie had planned to address reporters at 4 p.m. Friday following a meeting of his cabinet in Toms River.

Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts says the briefing will not happen.

Worry about the storm has waned as forecasts now call for Hurricane Joaquin to veer clear of the East Coast.

Another storm that has brought strong winds and heavy rains to the state and caused some coastal flooding. But the National Weather Service says major inland flooding is not expected.

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1:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service says that inland flooding is no longer expected in New Jersey as the state continues to be drenched with rain.

But coastal flooding is still a threat through Sunday, particularly at high tide.

Forecasters said that most of the region could expect up to 2 inches more of rain before it stops. That would be on top of the 1 to 2 inches most areas had received already between Wednesday and midday Friday.

Roadways in shore towns including Atlantic City and Ocean City were flooded Friday during the afternoon high tide.

Forecasters are now expecting Hurricane Joaquin not to make landfall in New Jersey or anywhere else in the U.S. That lessens how strong the wind gusts coastal areas could see in coming days. But winds of 45 mph are still possible along the shore.

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12:15 p.m.

Gov. Chris Christie says that the state won’t get as much rain as it initially thought, but that New Jersey’s four southernmost counties are still likely to suffer moderate to major flooding.

Christie told residents Friday to be prepared to respond to flooding and power outages and said that shelters will be available if needed. He declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood warnings Friday with widespread tidal flooding expected during high tides throughout this weekend.

As high tide arrives, water has breached the sea wall in some places in Atlantic City and there is water in the streets.

Christie says that the Cape May and Atlantic County region are expected to get between one and three feet of flooding and waves are expected to reach six to 10 feet.

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11:30 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie is briefing state and local officials about the heavy rains and high winds that will hit the state through the weekend.

Christie is in Sea Isle City Friday morning and will later hold a cabinet meeting in Toms River.

He declared a state of emergency on Thursday, warning of flooding and beach erosion.

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood warnings Friday with widespread tidal flooding expected during high tides throughout this weekend.

While the latest forecasted path of Hurricane Joaquin shows it likely heading east and away from New Jersey early next week, National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski says Friday will be a very bad weather day at the shore. He warned of high winds and waves and heavy rain.

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7:45 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie is heading to the New Jersey shore as heavy rain and high winds pound the coast.

Christie will attend a flooding and storm briefing with local officials in Sea Isle City Friday morning at 11 and speak to the press about storm preparations. Christie will also hold a cabinet meeting in Toms River.

He declared a state of emergency on Thursday, warning of flooding and beach erosion.

Storms have been a big part of Christie’s time as governor.

He was criticized when he was out of state during for a major snowstorm in 2010. He made national news in 2011 when Hurricane Irene was bearing down and he called on people to “get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park.”

And in 2012, he built a national reputation for his briefings amid Sandy.

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7:30 a.m.

Weather forecasters are warning of coastal flooding and high winds up and down the New Jersey coast.

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood warnings Friday with widespread tidal flooding expected during high tides throughout this weekend.

While the latest forecasted path of Hurricane Joaquin shows it likely heading east and away from New Jersey early next week, National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski says Friday will be a very bad weather day at the shore. He warned of high winds and waves and heavy rain.

Forecasters say wind gusts will continue to increase with gusts up to 60 mph and warned of power outages from trees and limbs being knocked down and blowing sand that may cover some roads.

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