Saturday’s soggy storm risks flooding and power outages

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Another wet Saturday in the Garden State is underway as flood watches persist and strong winds are expected in New Jersey later in the day and into Sunday.

Two St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Keyport and Highlands scheduled for Saturday were postponed until September as heavy rain arrived and high winds were expected later in the day. The National Weather Service updated its wind advisory on Saturday tomorrow to include the entire state rather than isolated flurries along the coast.

As much as three to four inches of rain could soak areas of the state over the weekend, forecasters said Friday afternoon, with most of the state expected to receive at least an inch or two of rain.

The highest rainfall totals are still expected along the western side of the I-95 corridor to the northeast corner of New Jersey, but flooding, exacerbated by tidal flows, could affect New Jersey’s coastal areas and urban streams, the meteorologists said.

Areas along the Delaware River and into Essex, Passaic and Bergen counties are expected to experience the highest rainfall totals with an elevated risk of flooding along urban streams and rivers. Saturday’s deluge is expected to continue into Sunday in some areas of the state.

New Jersey northeast corner including areas of Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Union counties could also see rainfall totals of between three and four inches according to the National Weather Service on Saturday morning. Wind gusts could also reach 45 to 50 mph, forecasters said.

Flood watches remain in effect from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly for most of the state through Saturday morning. Forecasters warn that certain flood-prone areas could see delayed peaks as storm waters reach streams and rivers.

Mild temperatures and strong winds are expected on the tail of the storm across the state, forecasters said Saturday. Winds are forecast to blow 20 to 30 mph and gusts could reach 40 to 50 mph. The National Weather Service wind advisory is in effect from 4 pm Saturday until 8 am Sunday morning.

The combination of a torrential rain and strong winds could create a risk of power outages due to tree cutting, the National Weather Service said. Just a handful of cuts were rreported statewide early Saturday morning.

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