Heavy rain triggers flood warning in 2 counties


The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning in parts of Middlesex and Somerset counties that were saturated with rain Saturday morning, with more rain on the way.

Getting in line in the rain outside Costco during the coronavirus, in Bridgewater, N.J. April, 13, 2020

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Getting in line in the rain outside Costco during the coronavirus, in Bridgewater, N.J. April, 13, 2020

The warning was issued at about 10 a.m., effective until 2 p.m., in the north-central region of Middlesex County and the central region of Somerset County.

In addition, a flood advisory — not as urgent as a flood warning — was issued for northeastern sections of Monmouth County at 10:20 a.m., because of heavy rain falling there. The advisory is active until 2:15 p.m.

Forecasters from the weather service’s regional forecast office in Mount Holly said trained weather spotters reported flooding occurring in the Bridgewater and Somerville areas of Somerset, and up to 2.5 inches of rain have already fallen Saturday morning.

Although the rain has been getting lighter during the past 30 minutes, additional showers are expected to continue across the flood-warned area during the next hour or so, the weather service said in its warning.

Among the areas that could experience flooding are Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Dunellen, Far Hills, Manville, Martinsville, Middlesex Borough, Millstone, New Brunswick, Raritan, Society Hill, Somerset, Somerville and South Bound Brook.

The warning area includes the following highways: Interstate 287 between mile markers 7 and 23, and Interstate 78 between mile markers 27 and 38.

“A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring,” the warning notes. “All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately. Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”

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2020-05-23 08:04:53

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