Thunderstorms To End The Holiday Weekend
Thunderstorms around New Jersey have brought the Labor Day weekend to an early close as the roads leading out of the Shore areas were packed with homebound traffic.
The Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway were both slow by early afternoon as the day started dreary with clouds and drizzle for much of the morning that never lifted. The rain also forced the cancellation of the Lakewood BlueClaws season finale at FirstEnergy Park.
The slow moving storms, meanwhile, continue to pop up and cross New Jersey.
3:00 p.m.- A Flash Flood Warning in effect for Hunterdon & Mercer counties until 4:45 p.m. for continued heavy rain. A separate Flash Flood Warning remains until 4:30 p.m. for Camden County and a third one for Gloucester and Salem counties until 3:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – Flash Flood Warning issued for Camden County as a storm, while weakened, is causing earlier high water to receed slowly. A separate Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Hunterdon County as more heavy rain moves though.
10:47 a.m. – The National Weather Service reports a microburst along the Voorhees-Evesham border. A microburst is a small downdraft that can cause damage in a small area.
10:17 a.m. – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for parts of Burlington, Gloucester and Camden counties until 11:30 a.m. as the strong storm produces not only heavy rain but winds up to 60 MPH. A mid level rotation was also detected. The storm is moving east towards Cherry Hill.
The storm’s expected path:
Lindenwold and Cherry Hill around 1030 am
Voorhees and Springdale around 1040 am edt…
Greentree and Berlin around 1045 am edt…
Marlton and Mount Laurel around 1055 am edt…
Evesham and Marlton Lakes around 1100 am edt…
Medford and Tabernacle around 1130 am edt…
10:00 a.m. – A Flash Flood Warning in effect for parts of Burlington, Gloucester and Camden counties for a storm cell that popped up within the past hour with heavy rain fallin at a rate of 1-2 inches an hour.
Earlier, a line of strong storms is moving across Hunterdon County this morning with a strong cell moving east along Interstate 78 with heavy rain falling a rate of 2 inches an hour prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Advisory until 11:15 a.m for Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon counties
The storm also has 30-40 MPH winds and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.
A separate Flood Advisory is in effect for Altantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties until 12 noon for a storm affecting south Jersey with heavy rain of up to an inch per hour that could lead to localized flooding on roadways.
There is also fog around much of the area especially around lakes and rivers.
Newark, LaGuardia and JFK all have 15 minute delays.
The storms will likely continue tonight as a cold front will approach New Jersey on Tuesday to bring the humid weather to an end and bring in sunny, dry weather for the rest of the week.
A number of storms developed on Sunday morning and again in the afternoon with sudden downpours and localized flooding.
Stay updated for the ride home by texting WEATHER and TRAFFIC to 89000.