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Published on April 12, 2024
Philadelphia and New Jersey Shore Brace for Coastal Flooding, Storms and Gusty WindsSource: Unsplash/ Viacheslav Volodin

Philadelphia and surrounding counties are bracing for a day of weather woes, complete with showers, possible thunderstorms, and significant coastal flooding. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly issued a coastal flood warning in effect for parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Mercer, Gloucester, Camden, and Northwestern Burlington, alongside Delaware, Philadelphia, and Lower Bucks in Pennsylvania until 9 AM EDT today.

Residents in these areas are advised to expect one to two feet of inundation above ground level in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. In a statement obtained by National Weather Service, the conditions might lead to "widespread roadway flooding" and minor damage to vulnerable structures. Meanwhile, the overall forecast sees a 70% chance of precipitation today with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch—except higher amounts possible during thunderstorms.

Tonight, the weather doesn't seem to let up with a 40% chance of additional showers. The winds are also picking up, with gusts as high as 30 mph expected. The Southwestern corner is especially bracing for a breezy night, with wind speed around 15 mph and potential new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch.

Heading into the weekend, Saturday offers a brief respite in the morning but followed by cloudy skies and persistent breeze, featuring gusts that could reach 40 mph. The hazardous weather outlook provided by the National Weather Service underscores the continued risk, warning of minor coastal flooding potential.

Weather spotters in Philadelphia are also encouraged to continue to report significant weather conditions as we head into a week that promises a mish-mash of cloudy skies, potential showers, and brief sunny spells. Despite these challenges, the probability for widespread hazardous weather remains low after today's coastal flooding threat eases.