Cars and pedestrians navigate through high waters along Bridge Avenue in Bay Head after morning storms dumped rain on the shore.
THOMAS P. COSTELLO
BAY HEAD – At about 7:30 a.m. this morning, Harry Typaldos, owner of the 128-year-old Grenville hotel, heard a loud boom, which set all the alarms in the hotel ringing.
“Usually they say to count the Mississippis between the lightning and the thunder to figure out how far away it is,” Typaldos told the Asbury Park Press during a phone interview from the hotel today “There was no time between.”
Lightning struck a turret on four-story inn’s roof, “peeling it like a banana,” Typaldos said.
Fortunately, the rest of the unmistakable hotel — a grand pink and sky blue Victorian with a wrap-around porch — appears to be undamaged.
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Thousands are without power in Monmouth and Ocean counties as the thunderstorms that zapped the Grenville made their way across New Jersey this morning.
- About 2,100 in Monmouth County, including 1,000 in Middletown, are waiting for Jersey Central Power & Light to restore electricity.
- Another 2,500 customers are in the midst of an outage in Ocean County, according to the utility. Nearly all are in Jackson and Lakewood.
The storms struck with a fury during the rush hour commute. Check out scenes from the Asbury Park boardwalk in the video above.
Wind gusts approached 50 mph and relentless rains soaked the Garden State from Atlantic City to the Delaware Water Gap.
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As of noon, the following rain totals, in inches, had been reported by the New Jersey Weather & Climate Network:
- Atlantic City, 0.98
- Berkeley, 2.25
- Hawthorne (Passaic County), 3.50*
- Holmdel, 2.44
- Howell, 1.60
- New Brunswick, 2.74
- Oceanport, 2.32
- Point Pleasant, 1.64
- Sea Girt, 1.45
- Seaside Heights, 1.07
- Toms River, 1.44
- Wall, 1.98
- West Creek, 0.93
*Highest in the state
A small car turns off North Bayview Avenue in Seaside Park to avoid deeep water on the road Monday morning, April 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas P. Costello)
The storm was part of a monster that has been rolling across the U.S., leaving snow in Minnesota and fires in Oklahoma. It forced Major League Baseball to cancel the Yankees’ doubleheader Sunday in Detroit.
A coastal flood warning is in effect with some parts of the Shore, especially in Monmouth County, expected to get minor flooding as northeasterly winds drive the morning high tide 2 to 3 feet higher than normal.
The storm made for a miserable morning commute.
State police were responding to multiple accidents on the Garden State Parkway. Lanes were hastily blocked off because of flooding, bringing traffic to a standstill.
It’s been a wet winter and it appears to be a wet spring as two days of rain drenched the Jersey Shore.
The weather couldn’t even find mercy in it’s blustery, gray heart to spare donuts.
Purple Glaze, an artisanal donut store in Asbury Park, posted on Instagram at 11:15 a.m. that it would close for the day; its power was out and wasn’t expected to be fixed until 10 p.m.
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Flights into Newark Liberty International Airport were running two hours late.
“This is just a very powerful frontal system coming through that’s associated with that remarkably low-pressure system shooting up through the Great Lakes,” said David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist. “It’s such a massive event it’s effecting the entire continent.”
The wind and rain are expected to last until 1 or 2 p.m. today, said Valerie Meola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
On Tuesday, people can expect to see some showers mixed with sunshine and a high in the low 50s, Meola said.
The brief warm spell we enjoyed on Friday and Saturday seems like a dream. Temperatures are forecast to stay between the high 30s and high 50s all week.
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