Hurricane Arthur's outer rain bands begin to slam South Jersey

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The first heavy rains and gusty winds associated with Hurricane Arthur are beginning to make their way across South Jersey, prompting street flooding and heavy rain advisories./NWS The first heavy rains and gusty winds associated with Hurricane Arthur are beginning to make their way across South Jersey, prompting street flooding and heavy rain advisories./NWS The first heavy rains and gusty winds associated with Hurricane Arthur are beginning to make their way across South Jersey, prompting street flooding and heavy rain advisories. Here is a look out for what is to come for the rest of the weekend:

Hurricane Arthur grows to a category 2 storm

Hurricane Arthur because the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season’s first named storm on Thursday, July 3. He quickly grew to a category 2 storm with sustained winds of about 100 mph. Arthur punished the North Carolina Outer Banks region during the overnight hours and began a turn toward the northeast this morning.

Hurricane Arthur should continue on a northeast path that will take it well off the New Jersey shoreline during the day on Friday, July 4.

As of 8 a.m., Hurricane Arthur still contained sustained winds of 100 mph and was moving to the northeast at 23 mph.

However, some of tropical moisture associated with Arthur will combine with moisture associated with a sluggishly advancing cold front to deliver periods of heavy rain today, July 4. Up to one inch of rain could fall, according to the National Weather Service.

The first effects of Hurricane Arthur began to come across the South Jeresy barrier islands around 7:30 a.m. when a band of heavy rain came ashore. Within 30 minutes, heavy rain had reached the mainland areas of Mays Landing, Egg Harbor City and Hammonton.

Roadways quickly puddled up, thanks to the heavy rain that fell during the previous two days.

Heavy rain could continue through the afternoon hours until Arthur begins to speed up and take off toward a weekend date with the Canadian Maritimes.

The rest of the Independence Day weekend is expected to bring wonderful weather conditions with seasonable high temperatures in the 80s and relatively low humidity levels.

Today’s South Jersey mainland high temperature will reach the upper-70s. Look for highs in the lower- to middle-80s on Saturday and Sunday. Both nights will feature comfortable sleeping weather with low temperatures in the upper-50s to middle-60s.

However, much of July 4 will be a wash out.

Rip Current Dangers

Wave heights  in the range of 8-14 feet has prompted the National Weather Service to issue small craft advisories along the coast, and rip tide warnings along the beaches. Heavy surf and erosion are possible today until Arthur passes by.

The National Weather Service is advising that rough surf conditions will prevail today, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 along the Jersey Shore and the beaches of Long Island. Conditions will gradutally improve over the weekend.


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