NJ weather: Coastal storm brings wind, rain, dreary conditions through Mother’s Day

A slow-moving rain and wind storm continues to impact New Jersey’s coastal communities Saturday, with the National Weather Service issuing high winds and coastal flood warnings for the Shore along with advisers for other parts of the state.

Northeast winds of 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as strong as 60 mph, are forecast for coastal areas of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties through 5 am Sunday. Forecasters said that they are likely to be damaged.

A coastal flood warning is in effect for Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, Salem and southeastern Burlington counties. Wind and flood advisories were issued for most of southern New Jersey.

As of 12:45 pm, local utility companies reported Around 2,500 power outages.

Around noon, the weather service noted that it is expected that rainfall may occur every hour this afternoon, which could lead to more poor drainage, low lying, and urban areas. From the radar, areas of rain appear

Due to the storm’s strong northeast, tides may be higher than usual Sunday morning through Monday. Low tide at Barnegat Bay around 7 am was already at flood stage, according to a weather service tweet.

Rounds of heavy rainfall north of the storm center will likely lead to scattered flash floods early today into the afternoon, the weather service said, but the storm center should reach the coast.

The storm is expected to slow down and linger just off the coast through Sunday and beyond, bringing an extended period of dreary, windy, and showery weather. Gusting east-northeasterly may cause coastal flooding and rip currents.

AccuWeather meteorologists noted the possibility of the storm stalling over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream later in the week, which could create tropical storm conditions.

“There is a low chance of subtropical development along or just off the southern Atlantic coast later next week,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg said.

Latest wind alerts

  • A high wind warning is active in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties until 5 am Sunday, with gusts possibly getting strong as 60 mph at times.
  • Interior sections of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Ocean and southeastern Burlington are under a wind advisory until 5 am Sunday, with gusts as high as 50 mph possible.
  • A wind advisory is also active in Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Salem, northwestern Burlington and western Monmouth through 2 am Sunday, with gusts as high as 50 mph possible.

Top wind gusts in NJ

These are among the strongest wind gusts reported across New Jersey as of Saturday morning, according to data from the National Weather Service and the Rutgers NJ Weather Network:

  • 59 mph – Ocean City, Cape May County
  • 58 mph – Tuckerton, Ocean County
  • 56 mph – Mystic Island, Ocean County
  • 55 mph – North Cape May, Cape May County
  • 54 mph – Seaside Heights, Ocean County
  • 53 mph – Atlantic City, Atlantic County
  • 52 mph – Atlantic City Marina, Atlantic County
  • 52 mph – Little Egg Harbor Twp., Ocean County
  • 51 mph – Cape May, Cape May County
  • 50 mph – Fortescue, Cumberland County
  • 49 mph – Columbus, Burlington County
  • 48 mph – Harvey Cedars, Ocean County
  • 47 mph – McGuire Dix AFB, Burlington County

Current radar radar

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NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.

Tina Kelley may be reached at tkelley@njadvancemedia.com.

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