There was widespread flooding in New Jersey on Friday as a result of a powerful storm system that pounded the state with heavy rain, violent winds, small hail, and brief snow showers. And we’re still feeling the effects today.
After a powerful Arctic cold front raced into New Jersey in the afternoon, temperatures dropped precipitously, prompting public safety authorities and weather forecasters to issue warnings about the possibility of rapid freezing on highways later that evening and overnight.
Thousands in New Jersey lose power as winds are up to 60 miles per hour sweep through the state.
According to preliminary assessments from the National Weather Service’s regional forecast office in New Jersey, water levels in some parts of the Garden State were the highest seen since Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
On Thursday, when the storm first made landfall, coastal communities were severely flooded. According to the National Weather Service, the tide reached a maximum height of 8.89 feet in Sandy Hook in Monmouth County. Flood levels in Manasquan and Belmar were over 7 feet, while in Keansburg they were over 9 feet, the highest since October 27, 2018.
News 12 New Jersey footage showed some automobiles nearly underwater in the town of Edgewater, which is located along the Hudson River, indicating that areas of Bergen County were also struck hard by the floods.
We should expect the extreme weather to last over the Christmas holiday weekend.
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Rare wind-chill alerts are in force for much of the state until 10 a.m. Saturday and until 1 p.m. in Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties, respectively.
Additionally, in several regions of the state, notably the coastal areas of Ocean County, flood warnings remain in effect until midnight.
In addition to widespread flooding and severe winds, the storm also generated small hail, some heavy downpours with thunder, and fast-moving snow squalls in different sections of the state.
New Jersey Is Experiencing High Winds
As of Friday night at 7 o’clock, these are some of the strongest winds documented anywhere in the Garden State. The National Weather Service and the Rutgers New Jersey Weather Network supplied the information.
- Williamstown, Gloucester County, 62 miles per hour
- Fortescue, Cumberland County, 60 mph
- Speeding at 58 kilometres per hour in Cape May, Cape May County
- Logan Township, Gloucester County, 58 mph
- Lyndhurst, Bergen County, 58 mph
- Pine Hill, Camden County, 58 mph
- Faster than 57 miles per hour in Atlantic County’s Atlantic City
- 57 knots in Atlantic County’s Atlantic City Marina
- With a peak gust of 56 mph near Harvey Cedars, Ocean County
- 56 mph at Cape May County’s Ocean City
- At Ship Bottom in Ocean County, the wind speed was 56 mph.
- It was 56 mph in Surf City, Ocean County.
- Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County, 52 mph.
- near Seaside Heights, Ocean County, at 52 mph
- Lower Alloways Creek Twp, Salem County, 51 mph
- Faster than 50 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
- Brigantine, Atlantic County, with winds of 49 mph
- Millville, Cumberland County, was clocked at 49 mph.
- Oswego Lake, Burlington County, at 49 mph winds
- 49 mph at Monmouth County’s Sea Girt
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Len Melisurgo, a staff writer at NJ Advance Media, provided more information for this article. You can email Camille Furst at email@example.com.
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