Hurricane Local Weather Statement

This morning the NHC has put out a LOCAL HURRICANE STATEMENT that includes our area. While we are NOT going to see major issues from the storm this is more of a “be alert” notification as changes are possible.

This is from the NWS Local Statement:

Tropical Storm Henri Local Statement Advisory Number 22
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ  AL082021
509 AM EDT Sat Aug 21 2021

This product covers NEW JERSEY...DELAWARE...SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHEAST MARYLAND

**Henri continues northward today**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Eastern Monmouth,
      Middlesex, and Western Monmouth

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 440 miles south of Atlantic City NJ or about 510 miles
      south of Sandy Hook NJ
    - 33.1N 73.2W
    - Storm Intensity 70 mph
    - Movement North-northeast or 15 degrees at 12 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Tropical Storm Henri is approximately 450 miles south southeast of
Atlantic City. Henri will track north northeastward along the Eastern
Seaboard through tonight. Henri is expected to strengthen to hurricane
force before making landfall on Long Island or southern New England on
Sunday.

The main threat with this system is heavy rain leading to flooding and
flash flooding across much of the region. Tropical storm force winds
are possible in portions of East Central New Jersey. With a full moon
this weekend, minor coastal flooding is also expected, primarily with
the high tide this evening along the New Jersey Coast. Minor coastal
flooding may linger with the Sunday evening high tide.

Dangerous marine conditions will develop over the northern Atlantic
Waters with strong winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents. Seas
will build to six to ten feet. A high risk for rip currents is
expected to continue through at least Sunday for the New Jersey and
Delaware coasts.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
extensive impacts across Central and northern New Jersey. Potential
impacts include:
    - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
      multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and
      ditches may become dangerous rivers. In mountain areas,
      destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys while
      increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. Flood
      control systems and barriers may become stressed.
    - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
      communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
      away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.
      Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
      underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.
      Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible limited
to significant impacts across southern New Jersey, southeastern
Pennsylvania, and northern Delmarva.

* WIND:
Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
across East Central New Jersey. Potential impacts in this area
include:
    - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
      experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
      homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
      objects become dangerous projectiles.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
      fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access
      routes impassable.
    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
      in areas with above ground lines.

Also, protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts
across other portions of New Jersey.

* OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS:
A high risk for rip currents will continue through at least Sunday.

* SURGE:
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across New Jersey,
southeastern Pennsylvania, and northern Delmarva. However, minor tidal
flooding is expected with the high tide this evening along portions of
the New Jersey coast.

* TORNADOES:
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across New Jersey,
southeastern Pennsylvania, and northern Delmarva.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and
property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a
safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles can
be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
ventilated area.

It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an
emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county or parish in which
it resides. Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay
attention for instructions from local authorities.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don`t drown!

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

Tornado Outbreak Update

As of this time the National Weather Service in Mt Holly has confirmed 7 tornados

This is the first time an EF3 tornado hit in Bucks County.

This is the first F3/EF3 tornado in PA since July 17, 2004.

Here is a breakdown of the confirmed tornados within our area as of now:

EF0 Northeast Philadelphia (60-80mph)
EF1 Plumstead Twp (90mph)
An EF1 in Windsor, Mercer County NJ (100-105mph)
EF1 Cedar Bridge (100-105mph)
EF1 Windsor, Robbinsville Twp (105mph)
EF2 Waretown/Barnegat Light (115mph)
EF2 New Hope/Ewing (115mph)
EF3 in Bensalem/Trevose (140mph)

BREAKING: Disneyland and Disney World to require facemask


BREAKING: The Walt Disney Company has just published the following statement:

We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort beginning Friday, July 30, regardless of vaccination status. At Walt Disney World Resort, this includes upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner.

What to do during a FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY

Flood Facts for Driving

Turn Around, Don't Drown
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
  • Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Here are some tips of what to do during a flash flooding event.

  • Go to high ground immediately.
  • Get out of areas subject to flooding, such as low spots, canyons, washes, etc.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream on foot. Even water only six inches deep, when moving at a high rate of speed, can knock you off your feet.
  • Never drive through flooded areas or standing water. Shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water.
  • If the vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Understand the difference between a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning. 
    • flash flood watch means that flooding may occur. Residents should stay alert, closely monitor rivers and streams, and be prepared to move to high ground quickly. A flash flood warning means that there is actual flooding. Residents should act at once and move to high ground.

Staying Safe After a Flood

Illustration of a gloved hand cleaning up personal belongings from flood waters in their home.
  • Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving except in emergencies.
  • Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris. 
  • People with asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work.
  • Be aware that snakes and other animals may be in your house.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
GPSW Heat Advisory

Heat Advisory In Effect Noon Friday until 8pm Saturday

* WHAT...Heat index values up to 102 expected.

* WHERE...The urban corridor of northern Delaware, southeast
  Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

* WHEN...From noon Friday to 8 PM EDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat
  illnesses to occur.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out
of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent
rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone
overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

Tropical Storm Warning in effect until further notice for the NJ Shore

...TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT for the entire NJ Coastline. 

* WHAT...Southerly winds turning from the southeast 20 to 30 kt
  with gusts up to 45 kt and seas 6 to 9 ft.

* WHERE...Coastal waters from Sandy Hook to Manasquan Inlet NJ
  out 20 nm, Coastal waters from Manasquan Inlet to Little Egg
  Inlet NJ out 20 nm and Coastal waters from Little Egg Inlet to
  Great Egg Inlet NJ out 20 nm.

* WHEN...The strongest winds should occur Thursday night into
  Friday morning.

* IMPACTS...Very strong winds will cause hazardous seas which
  could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions.
Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the
vessel for severe conditions.

Tropical Storm Watch Issued

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued until further notice for the NJ/DE coast ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa. Elsa has just made landfall in Fl. We will bring you updates over the next few days. 


* LOCATIONS AFFECTED
    - NJ and DE Coastal Areas 
* THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 39
      to 57 mph
        - PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm
          force.
        - PREPARE: Efforts to protect property should now be
          underway. Prepare for limited wind damage.
        - ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind
          becomes hazardous.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
        - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
          mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
        - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or
          uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees
          are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown
          over.
        - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within
          urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving
          conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.
        - Scattered power and communications outages.

* STORM SURGE
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible
        - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet
          above ground somewhere within surge prone areas
        - Window of concern: Thursday morning until Friday morning

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm
      surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground
        - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot
          above ground.
        - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding,
          especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions
          become unsafe.
        - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for
          your area.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
        - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
          immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas
          farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
        - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become
          overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous
          in places where surge water covers the road.
        - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes,
          mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
        - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks,
          boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from
          moorings.

* FLOODING RAIN
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally
          higher amounts

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for
      moderate flooding rain
        - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
          moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues
          are possible.
        - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area
          vulnerable to flooding.
        - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
          action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
        - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations
          and rescues.
        - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with
          swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places,
          especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams,
          creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches overflow.
        - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken
          foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas
          of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and
          poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on
          moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.
          Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge
          closures.

* TORNADO
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Tornadoes not expected
        - PLAN: Tornadoes are not expected. Showers and thunderstorms
          with gusty winds may still occur.
        - PREPARE: Little to no preparations needed to protect
          against tornadoes at this time. Keep informed of the latest
          tornado situation.
        - ACT: Listen for changes in the forecast.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None
        - Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

Tropical Storm ELSA STRENGTHENS A LITTLE AS IT RACES TOWARD THE WINDWARD ISLANDS

Late last night Tropical Storm Elsa was named in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to head toward the Caribbean by Friday, where warnings have been issued for the Windward and Leeward Islands. Residents of the Caribbean and Florida should track the progress of Elsa closely through the holiday weekend.

A large uncertainty is when and how sharp the system is expected to make a northwestward turn later this weekend and early next week. If Elsa tracks toward Florida, later Monday or Tuesday appears to be the earliest this system could impact parts of South Florida. At this point it is too early to tell if Elsa will cause any issues up the East Coast but we are keeping an eye on the storm.

The Greater Philadelphia Severe Weather Team will bring you the latest on this storm as it tracks towards the US.

Below are two different model, please note these are just for reference NOT for use in decision making purposes.

Flood Watch IN Effect until 8am Friday July 2, 2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of northern Delaware...New Jersey...and southeast
  Pennsylvania...including the following areas...in northern
  Delaware...New Castle. In New Jersey...Camden, Gloucester,
  Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Northwestern Burlington, Salem,
  Somerset, and Western Monmouth. In southeast Pennsylvania...
  Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lower Bucks,
  Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western Montgomery.

* From 2 PM EDT this afternoon through Friday morning.

* Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected this
  afternoon through the overnight hours tonight. Rain rates of 2
  inches per hour will be possible at times. Widespread total rain
  amounts of 1 to 3 inches are likely, with locally higher amounts
  possible.

* Heavy rain in short periods of time will cause the potential for
  streams and creeks to quickly rise out of their banks as well as
  the potential for flash flooding in urban areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Flash Flood Watch In Effect 3pm This Afternoon Through This Evening.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of northern Delaware...southern New
  Jersey...and southeast Pennsylvania...including the following
  areas...in northern Delaware...New Castle. In southern New
  Jersey...Camden, Gloucester, Northwestern Burlington, and Salem.
  In southeast Pennsylvania...Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern
  Montgomery, Lower Bucks, Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western
  Chester, and Western Montgomery.

* From 3 PM EDT this afternoon through this evening.

* Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop by mid afternoon
  over western Maryland into central Pennsylvania and move eastward
  into the region by late this afternoon into this evening. These
  storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall over a short
  period of time which may result in flash flooding.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.