Flooding in Egg Harbor Township

A car navigates floodwaters on Fire Road at the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township.

Saturday will not be a washout but torrential downpours are likely at times. Therefore, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of South Jersey, except for Cape May County until 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Flash Flood Watch

A flash flood watch is in effect for all of South Jersey, except for Cape May County, until 1 a.m. on Sunday. Image courtesy of NOAA. 

A flash flood watch is put into effect when life-threatening heavy rain is possible. The region is in between a station front in Virginia and one in the far northern reaches in the state as of Saturday morning. Waves of low pressure will ride over it throughout the weekend, bringing rounds of showers and storms. 

Rainfall amounts, on average, will be between 0.50 to 1.00 inches. However, there will be a few pockets that see more. Those places are the concerning ones. Mays Landing recorded about an inch of rainfall in under an hour during the late morning. Rainfall rates over 1 inch per hour can bring flooding in urban and coastal communities, which are very built up. With hundreds of thousands of people at the shore on this August weekend, the potential for flooding issues are only higher.

Sunday may see the flash flood watch extended as well, with similar conditions to Saturday. 

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This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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