Weather Service: Atlantic nor’easter getting stronger targets southern New Jersey

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The National Weather Service now says four inches of rain could fall on New Jersey through Monday, Oct. 14 as the result of a lingering nor’easter that is getting stronger./The National Weather Service. The National Weather Service now says four inches of rain could fall on New Jersey through Monday, Oct. 14 as the result of a lingering nor’easter that is getting stronger./The National Weather Service.

Atlantic and Cape May counties along with Delaware are positioned to get the worst of the long-duration nor’easter, according to updated information from the National Weather Service.

Southern New Jersey is now expected to receive up to 4 inches of rain, punishing winds and a prolonged stretch of minor to moderate tidal flooding through the weekend, according to an updated storm briefing posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

A slow-moving nor’easter that contains the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen will get hung up along the coast through the weekend and possibly as long as the middle of next week, the Weather Service said.

As a result, a consistent northeast wind flow will pile water up in the back bays and cause tidal flooding at the time of high tide.

The afternoon high tide is the one to watch, the Weather Service said, because it will be about a foot higher than the evening high tide and will cause the most damage.

Black Horse Pike flooding

The Black Horse Pike in the West Atlantic City section of EggHarborTownship was limited to one lane in each direction on Wednesday, Oct. 9. That lane was covered with water but it remained passable.

“Heavy rain at the time of high tide will worsen coastal flooding impacts,” the Weather Service said.

If the nor’easter intensifies more quickly than forecast or moves closer to shore, the damage and impact will be worse than forecast, the Weather Service warned.

Strong wind gusts, rough seas

Winds along the coast will gust to 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service through Friday.

Seas will be 8-12 feet off shore and 6-8 feet closer to the beach.

Wind gusts will be 25-35 mph inland.

For an earlier prediction go to: http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/weather/44922-multi-day-east-coast-noreaster-to-end-new-jerseys-dry-spell-in-a-big-way.html


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