Here’s what you need to know Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Amanda Oglesby | Wochit
If Sunday’s weather looks dismal, know that it will only get worse.
Strong thunderstorms are expected to move through the region overnight, bringing the potential for flooding and damaging winds to the Jersey Shore, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service placed Ocean and Monmouth counties under a flash flood watch, a hazardous weather outlook and coastal flood warning through Monday afternoon.
Prolonged gale-force winds will batter the coast and could bring down tree limbs on power lines and cause power outages, according to the weather service.
The storm is going to make for a messy morning commute, said meteorologist Steven DiMartino of NY NJ PA Weather. Intense downpours and strong winds may reduce visibility to the point that drivers are forced to pull over, he said.
“It’s going to be a very heavy rainfall,” he said. “If you get caught in this heavy rainfall and strong winds, pull to the side and wait a bit. Plan to leave early (in the morning).”
DiMartino said some gusts will reach 40 to 60 miles per hour, but there is a possibility the thunderstorms could bring a few gusts that reach 80 miles per hour. Winds of that strength can cause house and roof damage, he said.
“They can have pretty significant damage in localized areas,” DiMartino said.
Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to impact the region between 3 a.m. and early Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Moderate flooding is likely in low-lying areas and back bays, especially during Sunday night’s and Monday morning’s high tides. Flooding could reach 3 feet above the astronomical high tide during these high tide cycles because of the storm’s surge, according to the weather service. Ocean waves are forecast to reach 7 to 12 feet, which could lead to beach erosion and minor to moderate property damage, according to the weather service.
The worst of the storm should be over by 2 p.m. Monday, but rain will continue through Tuesday.
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The rest of the workweek will be cooler than the past weekend, with clouds, a chance of showers, and high temperatures in the upper 50s.
DiMartino said New Jersey is in for a cool and damp spring overall, due to colder-than-usual temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and particular patterns in global air currents. Cool, wet weather is expected to stay in the Garden State through the end of May, he said.
See more photos from coastal storms in the gallery below.
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