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Flash Flood Warnings, Wind Advisories Cover NJ

The heavy weather is expected to hit late Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is reporting possible heavy rainfall and high winds throughout Central and North Jersey after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Kristin Kline, meteriologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, there is currently a flash flood watch for Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Warren and Morris counties.

This watch is for 10 p.m. Wednesday through 2 a.m. Thursday, with some areas expecting to see an inch of rainfall, and others to see one-and-a-half inches of rain.

"It depends on where the heavier downpours occur, and how much thunderstorm activity occurs," Kline said. "We are expecting some scattered and fast-moving showers to move in in the late afternoon and evening hours."

Kline said some smaller streams and creeks could rise to the banks, but they are not expecting flooding at main rivers.

"There will probably be problems where there is poor drainage and road flooding," she said.

Bergen, Passaic and other counties that butt up against the New York metro area are expecting a longer period of rainfall, from about 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday, according to David Stark, meteriologist with the National Weather Service.

Stark said there is a strong cold front coming through Wednesday night with the potential for heavy rainfall after 7 p.m.

"It will not be raining heavy the whole time, but we are expecting the heaviest during that time period," he said.

Stark said they are expecting about one to two inches of rainfall, with the possibility in some areas of an inch an hour.

"Some of the faster reacting streams could overflow the banks in the shorter period with heavier rainfall," he said. "There is the possiblity for flash flooding."

Aside from the rainfall, heavy winds are also expected throughout the entire region, although some of the heaviest winds are expected in the southern counties, including Ocean, Camden, Gloucester and Atlantic, Kline said.

In the Somerset and Morris region, Kline said, the winds will be picking up, and could reach up to about 45 or 50 miles per hour when the cold front comes through in the late evening and early morning hours of Thursday.

"There is a wind advisory for Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon and Somerset counties," she said. "We are not expecting the winds to be quite as strong there, but we will have southerly winds getting stronger in the late afternoon."

In Bergen and Passaic counties, Stark said, winds could gust up to 60 miles per hour.

"We also could see some strong winds outside of the rain late this afternoon and evening," he said. "Some of the strongest could be occurring when it is not raining heavily."

The National Weather Service is reporting the possibility for trees coming down, or power lines being brought down by the winds, with the potential for power outages throughout the entire region.

"It could be something for folks to watch out for and plan on in the late hours," Kline said.

Stark said there is also the potential for freezing conditions after the cold front passes on Thursday.

"The rainfall should end, but we still see the potential for freezing conditions as colder air moves in for Thursday," he said. "The wind gusts won't be as strong as tonight though."

Chris Traynor January 30, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Well, there goes our power.
JAFO January 30, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I've never had a power problem - not even with Sandy.
Tryclyde January 30, 2013 at 05:10 PM
That's fantastic; I'm sure it makes everyone else feel better about things.
jp1 January 30, 2013 at 05:10 PM
JAFO you were just lucky.
Scondo January 30, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Better fill the car with gas. Just saying.
CannLnd January 30, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Chainsaws are ready. Tons of gas cans filled ready as always. Hope all are safe.
Joseph Keyes January 30, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Even if you have a generator, check your sump pumps for clogs and be sure they're operational by dumping a bucket of water into the sump basin and listening for the pump to kick-in. Also check your gutters. a clogged downspout could send water to vulnerable place causing basement puddles (or worse).
SockPuppet January 30, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Your mommy was right: you are very, very special.
Wayne Resident January 30, 2013 at 05:39 PM
That's hilarious, you are so funny.
Jim January 30, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Never temp fate!
KEN SMITH January 30, 2013 at 07:09 PM
ARE THEY DRAINING WINTERS POND?
Ricky January 30, 2013 at 07:13 PM
All this angst about power outages for nothing. Trees that survived Sandy will not be coming down tonight especially since trees are now bare of leaves, they weren't when Sandy's stronger winds blew in.
Tammy January 30, 2013 at 07:49 PM
I have to disagree Ricky. I would be inclined to think that many tree's root systems were weakened during Sandy and might be vulnerable with tonight's winds. Stay safe everybody!!!
eyes wide shut January 30, 2013 at 09:36 PM
yep i agree Tammy and the ground is more saturated as well. But lets hope it don't get to bad and yes everyone be safe
Justice January 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Be safe everyone. There is only one you and you are priceless.
jazzman January 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM
sorry Rick most of them trees had no leaves,now the pines theres never been in the history of the USA a bigger storm with had so many pines trees pushed over,a slow moving storm with high winds and no rain,now imagine if that storm had had the rain
Alice Jameson January 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM
For the love of all that’s holy, Jazzman, don’t be mentioning the trees. I’m trying really, really hard to pretend that I’m not surrounded by them right now.
SockPuppet January 31, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Alice, jazzman wasn't mentioning *the* trees, he was mentioning "*them* trees"! As eyes wide shut says, however, "lets hope it *don't* get *to* bad".
V January 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Eyes wide shut and jazzman, please go to the back of the class Thank you
Teaneck_Resident January 31, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Good advice Joseph Keyes... everyone should test their sump pumps once per month as well run your generator(s) for at least 15-20 minutes once per month. I have the test date marked on my calendar and no matter what is going on I stop what I'm doing and run these tests. I've been doing it for ten years and so far so good.

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