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Strong Storm to Hit Philadelphia Region Tonight

Starting tonight, a second round of storms will move into the Philadelphia region, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and potential flooding into Saturday morning. Rain will begin early this evening, turning to heavy downpours late tonight into early Saturday.

Local and coastal flood watches have been issued. Approximately two inches of rain is expected, potentially flooding rivers, creeks, and streams already high from the week’s earlier storms.

Heavy rains could cause pockets of flooding and ponding on roadways in low-lying areas. The worst flooding is expected along Barnegat Bay and the Delaware River during high tide overnight and Saturday afternoon.

High winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, are expected from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore, Wilmington, Trenton, and surrounding areas, potentially downing trees and power lines. Temperatures will dip into the low 30s beginning Saturday afternoon.

Tips to stay safe during the storm include:

  • If you experience rising water or plan to evacuate, unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Turn off natural gas supply valves.

If your home or business floods:

  • Do not touch appliances in standing water.
  • Turn off running major appliances during power outages.
  • Call 911 or the gas and electric companies if you smell gas.
  • Do not enter basements flooded with standing water, raw sewage, or electrical hazards.
  • Do not touch the breaker box.
  • Watch for flooded-out animals or snakes seeking shelter.

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