MORRISTOWN, NJ - Flash floods could occur between noon today and 4 a.m. Monday, a situation that prompted the Morris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to issue this morning a hazardous weather outlook for the county.
After that, county residents can expect heavy winds, said the OEM. "We have a wind advisory in effect from 6 a.m tomorrow (Monday) until 12 p.m., said the OEM statement. "The weather team informs us that we can anticipate heavier rain showers to move in between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. this morning, with periods of moderate-heavy rainfall expected through the day into tonight. Rains finally start tapering off by early tomorrow morning, between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m."
The most rainfall is predicted to occur between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., said the OEM, noting that meteorologists "have not ruled out an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon, but chances are only about 30 percent."
The county could see up to five inches of rain in some areas, said OEM. "These rainfall amounts will likely cause widespread general flooding, with isolated flash flooding," it warned. "The other threat will be winds; winds will gradually increase late tonight and continue into Monday with sustained winds potentially reaching up to 30 mph." Wind gusts could reach 55 mph, said the office.
"We have been in contact with our partners from Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and they are also closely monitoring the weather," OEM said. Customers are reminded to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or to click the “Report Outage” link on www.jcp-l.com to report power outages. JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity."