South Jersey July 4 rainfall could total more than 2 inches

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Weather forecasters say they are more confident a developing tropical storm could climb the east coast on July 4 and wash out Independence Day celebrations from Florida through New York City./NWS Weather forecasters say they are more confident a developing tropical storm could climb the east coast on July 4 and wash out Independence Day celebrations from Florida through New York City./NWS Weather forecasters say they are more confident a developing tropical storm could climb the east coast on July 4 and wash out Independence Day celebrations from Florida through New York City.

For the millions of travelers headed to the Outer Banks, Maryland and Delaware beaches or the Jersey Shore, it is the news they didn’t want to hear and dreaded the most.

The National Hurricane Center now says that there is an 80 percent chance that a cluster of thunderstorms located off the east side of Florida will develop into a tropical storm by Wednesday, July 2.

If it does so, it will become the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, a year that is supposed to be below normal in tropical storm, hurricane and major hurricane storm counts.

This week’s storm is forecast to cling to a cold front moving from the west and toward the eastern seaboard.

The tropical storm will climb the coast on Thursday and Friday, dropping up to two inches along they way, according to weather forecasts.

Portions of the east coast could receive nearly three inches of rain this week, according to the NationalWeatherServiceMountHollyForecastCenter.

The tropical storm will launch off the coast – like a Roman candle – early Saturday morning, the Weather Service said.

However, the storm will pass near Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and South Jersey during the afternoon and evening hours on Friday, July 4.

At least the second and third day of the three-day Independence Day Weekend should provide sunny and warm conditions for going to the beach.

 


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