HOLMDEL, NJ — Checking weather has not been a high priority lately. Many days wind into the next during this pandemic. Sunday had beautiful weather.

It's about to change.

So, with this in mind, don't get caught off guard Monday morning. Secure any loose items from decks such as umbrellas. 

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Winds could gust at up to 60 mph and thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall Monday, the National Weather Service predicted Sunday night.

A high-wind warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced. Widespread power outages are expected, it said.

“Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Even sturdy and well-secured tent structures could be damaged. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” the weather service said.

“People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches,” the National Weather Service said. “If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”

The NWS highlighted in their report:

Southerly wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts around 45 to 65 mph on Monday may bring down trees and utility wires. Widespread power outages are possible.

Rainfall amounts of generally 1 to 2.5 inches may result in localized roadway and small stream flooding from late tonight into Monday morning. The heaviest amounts should fall from I-95 northwestward.

Scattered thunderstorms may enhance any wind gusts to 65 to 80 mph, possibly resulting in minor structural damage. There is the potential for large hail and isolated tornadoes.

Southerly wind 30 to 40 knots on the coastal waters of New Jersey and Delaware and on Delaware Bay on Monday, with storm force wind gusts of 50 to 70 knots.

Minor coastal flooding is expected along Maryland’s upper eastern shore, Delaware Bay and the far lower Delaware River around the times of high tide on Monday. Spotty minor flooding may occur elsewhere in the region.