Waves of rain showers and heavy thunderstorms have begun sweeping over parts of New Jersey Monday night, prompting the National Weather Service to issue warnings of severe thunderstorms in three amter.
Some of the thunderstorms associated with a northern Easter that is expected to intensify in the Atlantic early Tuesday could pack damaging gusts of 60 mph or stronger along with heavy rain showers and hail the size of a penny, the weather service said.
The weather service issued a warning of severe thunderstorms at. 19.35 Monday – valid until kl. 20.15 – for Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, in addition to Delaware and Philadelphia counties in eastern Pennsylvania.
UPDATE (20:35): The National Weather Service said heavy thunderstorms will affect parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, northeastern Burlington, southern Somerset, southwestern Monmouth, southwestern Middlesex and southwestern Warren by Monday. 21.00. These storms could produce gusts as high as 40 mph, along with hail the size of peas.
Heavy rain is expected
Forecasters say they expect between 2 and 4 inches of rain to fall in areas with the heaviest thunderstorms or the most stable waves of rain between Monday night and late Tuesday, and some parts of New Jersey may get as much as 5 to 6 inches – enough can cause flooding on saturated roads and highways.
Some gusts of wind may be strong enough to knock over wooden limbs and power lines, leading to scattered power outages, the weather service said.
Although New Jersey has not had much rain over the last few weeks, 4 inches in one or two days would be as much rain as our region normally gets throughout the month of October.
- The Newark area usually gets an average of 3.79 inches of rain in October, but has only received 1 inch so far this month, according to data from the National Weather Service.
- The Trenton area usually has on average just under 4 inches of rain in October, but has measured only 0.32 inches so far this month, from early Monday morning.
- The Atlantic City area typically receives 4.14 inches of rain in October, but has only received 1.09 inches early Monday morning.
Current weather radar
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Len Melisurgo can be reached at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com.