Nor’easter soaking New Jersey
Almost 3 inches of rain has fallen so far over parts of New Jersey from a nor'easter. The storm is causing flooding at parts of the shore and freezing rain in North Jersey.
Minor flooding was reported during Tuesday morning's high tide along the Raritan Bay shore in Monmouth County, as well as in Ocean City, West Wildwood and southern Long Beach Island.
"At this point, New Jersey is pretty much done with the heavy, steady rain. But the wet weather and other effects of this storm system are far from over." said Townsquare meteorologist Dan Zarrow.
Early morning gusts were reported up to 55mph in Harvey Cedars according to the NJ Weather & Climate Network at Rutgers University. Winds are expected to gust up to 40 mph or more along the coast.
In a section of Sea Bright, police advised residents to move vehicles to higher ground after the morning high tide, as side streets were beginning to flood. Long Beach Island police closed Long Beach Boulevard due to flooding. While Route 35 was also closed in Brielle.
In South Jersey, Route 30 through Absecon, which leads to and from the Atlantic City casinos, was flooded but still passable as of mid-morning. Some inland communities including Vineland and Atlantic County's Hamilton Township experienced flooding as well.
Freezing rain around Interstate 287 and northwest New Jersey gave way to rain as temperatures rose. More than two dozen schools in the northwest part of the state delayed their openings.
JCP&L reported over 5,000 without power on its outage map, mostly in Sussex and Ocean counties. Atlantic City Electric's outage map showed over 1,200 in the dark in Upper Deerfield. PSE&G showed only a handful of customers without power on its outage map.
NJ Transit buses and trains were cross-honoring tickets. Newark Liberty had delays of over 2 hours according to FlightAware.com while Philadelphia, LaGuardia and JFK had delays of at least an hour. The local airports were at the top of the website's "Misery Index" for delayed and canceled flights.
As for the end of this storm, Zarrow notes,”While the rain will die down considerably tonight, this storm system will be sitting on top of us through Thursday morning, with continuing chances for rain and snow (although lighter than today). Tomorrow night, I’m a little concerned that temperatures will drop far enough that we will go all snow and we could see some light accumulations”.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report