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Even as the center of Sandy moves on from southern New Jersey, the region still needs to be prepared to deal with flooding and high winds into tomorrow morning, according to the latest advisories from the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly.
A flood watch remains in our area through Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement issued by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly 9:16 this evening (Monday, Oct. 29).
In addition, a high wind warning issued at 8:17 p.m. stated that Sandy will produce damaging wind gusts up to hurricane force across our region through this evening and overnight. A high wind warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30) with winds southeast 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 85 mph.
Strongest winds are expected now through around midnight or 1 a.m. Thereafter wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph early Tuesday morning could still uproot trees, but by then the primary damage will have occurred.
A prolonged period of high winds increases the potential for structural damage, downed trees and widespread power outages. The combination of wind, increasingly rain softened ground and many trees still with leaves will result in widespread power outages. Many trees could be completely uprooted, said NWS.
Rainfall of 4 to 10 inches is forecast during the period.