Thunderstorms Cause Localized Flooding Around New Jersey
Much of New Jersey is under a flash flood watch or warning following another round of heavy rain overnight and more storms developing again today.
A line moved across south Jersey during the mid-morning hours from Cumberland and Atlantic counties eastward towards Burlington and southern Ocean counties with heavy rain and cloud-to-ground lightning.
Flash Flood Warning is in effect through tonight as more storms could develop and cause localized flooding quickly as the ground is saturated in many areas thanks to storms that dropped 2-6 inches of rain behind Monday night and early Tuesday.
The last of those storms, which also featured lightning, moved out before dawn on Tuesday morning but left behind areas of localized flooding.
Monday's storms seemed to hover over Jackson and Lakewood. The Facebook page of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly reported rainfall in Jackson of 3.55 inches in one hour on Monday. Others posted that nearly 3 inches fell in Ewing and Howell.
A lightning strike on a convenience store on Whitesville Road in Jackson was captured on video and posted by the Ocean County Signal and posted on their Facebook page. The Lakewood Scoop reports several homes in Lakewood being struck by lightning.
Nearby Mount Holly was also affected by strong storms. The foundation walls of a home on Buttonwood Drive came off when a sinkhole formed in front of the home when a creek overflowed according to WPVI TV. "It took out part of the basement wall, took out the sidewalk, took out a good portion of the yard," Mount Holly Fire Captain Kevin Gimeno told the station.
Beachgoers should be aware of a moderate risk of rip currents all along the Jersey Shore today and follow the orders lifeguards. Winds from the southwest will created stronger or more frequent rip currents.
If caught in a rip current, remember the following:
- Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
- Never fight against the current.
- Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle-away from the current-toward shore.
- If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim toward shore.
- If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arm and yelling for help.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.