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There were spots of minor flooding along the Jersey Shore as the weakened remnants of what used to be Hurricane Michael moved across the Garden State Friday morning.
The entire shoreline and several inland sections of central Jersey were under a flash flood warning until 7:15 a.m., according to an early morning notice from the National Weather Service’s office in Mount Holly.
“This flash flood warning has been converted to a flood warning,” a 7:06 a.m. prepared statement from the NWS read. “Two to four inches of rain fell overnight and it will take some time to drain and recede.”
A flood warning, covering the southern half of the state, was initially scheduled to last until 9:30 a.m., according to the NWS, but it was later extended until 11 a.m.
According to 511nj.org, which aggregates traffic alerts from various public agencies, there were several pockets of flooding along the coast Friday morning:
- In Ocean, Monmouth County, Route 35 southbound was flooded above Sunset Avenue with one lane possibly closed. The area was cleared as of 8:26 a.m.
- In Deal, Route 71 was flooded in both directions near Bright Avenue, with one lane possibly closed.
- Also in Deal, the southbound ramp from Rout 18 to Deal Road at Exit 11 was closed due to flooding as of 8:47 a.m.
- In Spring Lake Heights, Route 71 was flooded in both directions between Warren Avenue and Allaire Road, with one or two lanes closed. It was cleared shortly after 7 a.m.
- In Manasquan Route 71 was flooded in both directions south of Main Street, with one lane possibly closed. It was cleared shortly after 7 a.m.
- In Wall Route 34 was flooded in both directions above Belmar Boulevard, with all lanes closed and detoured. The area was cleared as of 8:26 a.m.
- In Point Pleasant Beach Route 35 was flooded in both directions at the ramp to Atlantic Avenue, with the ramp closed and detoured.
- In Lakewood U.S. Route 9 was flooded in both directions above 8th Street, with one lane possibly closed.
- Also in Lakewood, another section of U.S. Route 9 was flooded below Central Avenue, also with one lane possibly closed. The area was cleared as of 8:26 a.m.
EARLIER: Flooding closes Route 71 in Deal
In an electronic alert shortly after 5:30 a.m., police in Barnegat reported “Flooding conditions happening in some area throughout town.” A 7 a.m. alert from 511nj.org specified that there was flooding on Route 72 in both directions at Barnegat Road, with one lane possibly closed. An 8:36 update indicated the area was clear.
Police in Ship Bottom reported that the rain had rendered sections of Long Beach Boulevard, Route 72 and Central Barnegat and Shore avenues “impassible.”
Brick police announced in an electronic alert around 6:42 a.m. that Adamston Road would be closed temporarily at Allison Place on account of flooding. They issued an update shortly before 7:30 a.m., advising that the road had reopened.
Police in Surf City reported flooding on “all roads in town” in a Friday morning Facebook post.
There was also an accident on the Garden State Parkway northbound above Exit 116 in Holmdel, blocking the left-hand local lanes, according to 511nj.org. That crash was cleared around 5:45 a.m.
There was also a crash reported in the northbound lanes below Exit 58 in Little Egg Harbor, blocking the right and left lanes, according to 511nj.org.
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Yet another crash blocked the Parkway’s left-hand northbound lane below the the shuttered Monmouth Service Area near mile marker 100 in Wall around 7:18 a.m., according to 511nj.org.
Over 500 Jersey Central Power & Light customers in Monmouth County were without power as the rains continued to fall Friday morning, according to the utility’s outage map. Especially hard-hit were Howell, with 269 outages, and Middletown, with 117.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to app.com for updates.
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