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Published on April 03, 2024
Philadelphia Under Urgent Flood Watch Until Tomorrow Amid Persistent Rain, ThunderstormsSource: Unsplash/ Anna Atkins

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued an urgent flood watch for Philadelphia and surrounding regions set to remain in effect through tomorrow afternoon. The watch is in response to the forecast of persistent rain and the potential for heavy thunderstorms, all carrying the likelihood of causing some severe flood conditions. Those residing in vulnerable areas are warned to stay vigilant.

The NWS predicts "periods of rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 8am," bringing with them the possibility of "heavy rainfall." The Service further warns that "new rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible," today, and more dampness is expected as gusts might peak as high as 35 mph, adding to the dreary ambiance. Philadelphia streets, already slick with this morning's showers, stand at a greater risk for flooding, particularly in those notorious low-lying and poor drainage sectors.

As per the weather watch, the cumulative rainfall through Thursday could reach an overwhelming 1 to 3 inches across the watch area. Authorities are especially cautious about the potential for "excessive rainfall" that could lead to the engorgement of rivers, creeks, and streams, potentially causing substantial urban and small stream flooding. A statement from the NWS highlighted, "Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas."

Philly residents and commuters are urged to prepare for more than just a few days of soggy shoes and traffic delays. The hazardous conditions could worsen if the water levels rise sufficiently to spur "minor coastal flooding," something the forecast ominously warns is possible. In response to these looming threats, weather spotters are activated to report significant weather conditions, which could further guide the city's precautionary measures.

For those seeking more information on how to navigate through these rainy days or who are searching for additional updates, can click on the link to the National Weather Service forecast page for detailed updates. Commuters are advised to monitor forecasts and heed any warnings, remaining prepared to act if flooding develops.