The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Borough and surrounding communities from Thursday evening, December 20th, through Friday evening, December 21st. One to three inches of rain is expected during this storm event, and street flooding is possible.
A strong low pressure system will form and visit our region with heavy rain expected, at times, during this 24 hour period. Currently, there is no expectation of tidal flooding from this storm as it may be a heavy rain event. Rain could begin during the afternoon hours on Thursday and a thunderstorm is possible during this storm. Wind gusts may approach 40mph Thursday night into early Friday morning. The weekend forecast appears to be dry and breezy, with seasonal temperatures.
Remember: Turn around, don’t drown. Never attempt to drive on any flooded street as the water always appears deeper than it actually is. Driving on a flooded street also unnecessarily damages private and public property, and puts you and your vehicle at risk. Secure any loose objects on your property before Thursday evening as strong winds are in the forecast; contractors should secure their job sites.
If you have any emergency, dial 911. Please continue to follow traditional media outlets for updates to the forecast.
Here is the text of the Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:
Flood Watch National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 316 PM EST Tue Dec 18 2018
New Castle-Kent-Inland Sussex-Delaware Beaches-Somerset-Middlesex- Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth-Mercer-Salem-Gloucester-Camden- Northwestern Burlington-Ocean-Cumberland-Atlantic-Cape May- Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean- Southeastern Burlington-Delaware-Philadelphia-Lower Bucks- Including the cities of Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach, Somerville, New Brunswick, Freehold, Sandy Hook, Trenton, Pennsville, Glassboro, Camden, Cherry Hill, Moorestown, Mount Holly, Jackson, Millville, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, Wharton State Forest, Media, Philadelphia, Morrisville, and Doylestown 316 PM EST Tue Dec 18 2018
…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING… The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of Delaware, much of New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania along the tidal Delaware River. * From Thursday evening through Friday evening * Strong low pressure will impact the area Thursday night through Friday, resulting in a widespread rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts. * Given the recent heavy rain and how saturated he ground is, this amount of rain will result in flooding of roadways and areas of poor drainage, as well as the potential for significant river flooding. In addition, the combination of heavy rain and increased tide levels during the times of high tide will result in coastal flooding along the Atlantic, Delaware Bay, and tidal Delaware River.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.