NJ weather: Coastal storm brings wind, rain and gloomy conditions during Mother’s Day

A slow-moving rain and windstorm continues to affect coastal communities in New Jersey on Saturday, with the National Weather Service issue high wind warnings and coastal flood warnings for the coast as well as advisories for other parts of the state.

Northeast winds of 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as strong as 60 mph, are expected for coastal areas of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties through 5 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters said widespread power outages, tree damage and harsh travel conditions are expected.

A coastal flood warning is in effect for Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May and Salem counties, as well as southeast Burlington County. Wind and flood advisories have been issued for most of southern New Jersey. Additionally, Hunterdon County is under a flood warning.

As of 3:25 p.m., local utility companies reported nearly 7,500 power outages.

Island Beach State Park closed at 2 p.m. due to weather and reported flooding on the roads. The Cape-May Lewes Ferry ceased operations mid-afternoon.

Around noon, the rated weather service that it expects up to half an inch of rain per hour this afternoon, which could lead to more runoff and flooding in low-drain, low-lying and urban areas. On radar, areas of rain appear nearly stationary or slowly rotating across the mid-Atlantic, with up to four inches of rain reported in some areas.

Due to strong northeasterly winds from the storm, tides could be higher than usual from Sunday morning through Monday. The low tide in Barnegat Bay around 7am was already nearing flood stage, according to a weather service tweet. The National Weather Service predicted the worst floods coming with high tide, which in Barnegat Bay will be around 1am

A series of heavy rains north of the storm’s center will likely bring scattered instances of flash flooding early in the afternoon, the weather service said, but should begin to taper off by evening when the center of the storm will reach the coast.

The storm is expected to slow and persist just off the coast through Sunday and beyond, bringing an extended period of gloomy, windy and rainy weather. Gusts of east-northeast winds can cause coastal flooding and rip currents.

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

“There is little chance of subtropical development along or just off the southern Atlantic coast later next week,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Joe Lundberg.

Latest wind alerts

  • A severe wind warning is active for coastal sections of Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties until 5 a.m. Sunday, with gusts sometimes reaching 60 mph.
  • The inland sections of the Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Ocean and southeast of Burlington are subject to a wind advisory until 5 a.m. Sunday, with gusts up to 50 mph.
  • A wind advisory is also active in Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Salem, northwest Burlington and west Monmouth until 2 a.m. Sunday, with gusts up to 50 mph.

Top gusts of wind in New Jersey

These are among the strongest wind gusts reported in New Jersey on 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 Township, 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

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NJ Advance Media writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.

Tina Kelley can be reached at [email protected].