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Another Strong Storm System to Slam Region Tonight

Posted on: January 12, 2024

Another storm will be moving into the region, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and the threat of floods tonight into Saturday morning from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore.

Steady rain is expected early this evening, with heavy downpours. Two inches of total rainfall is expected, likely causing flooding combined with already high river, creek, and stream levels from storms earlier this week. Local and coastal flood watches have been issued.

The worst flooding is expected along Barnegat Bay and the tidal Delaware River during high tide overnight, with a continued threat of flooding Saturday afternoon. Heavy rains could cause pockets of flooding and ponding on roadways in low-lying areas.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected from the Jersey Shore to Philadelphia, Wilmington, Trenton, and surrounding areas, toppling trees and power lines. Temperatures will dip into the low 30s beginning Saturday afternoon.

Tips to stay safe during the storm include:

  • Unplug electrical appliances if water rises or you plan to evacuate.
  • Shut off the natural gas supply valve to any gas appliances.

If your home or business is flooding, you should do the following:

  • Do not touch appliances in standing water.
  • Turn off major appliances that were running if a power outage occurs.
  • Call 911 or the local gas and electric companies if you smell gas.
  • Do not enter basements flooded with standing water, raw sewage, or electrical hazards.
  • Stay away from the breaker box.
  • Watch out for flooded-out animals or snakes seeking shelter.

Ellis Law is a full-service firm located in Freehold, New Jersey. Call 732-308-0200 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Asbury Park, East Brunswick, Toms River, Middletown, Jersey City, Long Branch, Neptune, Hudson County, Union County, Essex County, Monmouth County, Marlboro, and Ocean County, as well as Brooklyn and New York City.

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