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Overnight storms soak south NJ and flood roads

Slow-moving storms late Tuesday night dumped record rains on south Jersey and left several roads flooded for the morning commute.

Heavy rain falls in Harvey Cedars in Ocean County (@hcpolice via Twitter)

The National Weather Service reports 8.94 inches of rain fell in Millville in Cumberland County, the second largest single day in their history.

5.58 inches fell at Atlantic City Airport. Meteorologist Alan Kasper says the heaviest of the rain has ended but there were amounts of 2-4 inches of locally heavy rain in some areas.

Other amounts include 8.60 inches in Newport, 7 inches in Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin, 6 inches in Point Pleasant, 5.19 inches in Franklin (Gloucester County),5 inches in Brick and nearly 5 inches in Lakewood, Seaside Heights and Toms River.

Kasper blames a “train” of mositure that fed the slow moving storm creating a narrow band of heavy precipitation in Atlantic, Cumberland and Ocean counties.

Flooding has also shut down sections of Route 35 in Belmar and Lavallette and flooded out lanes on the Garden State Parkway according to New Jersey Fast Traffic. Route 72 was under 3 feet of water in Manahawkin overnight causing a section of the roadway between Marsha Drive and Central Avenue to wash out in a work area near a bridge construction area. The road has since reopened.

There is also flooding in Lakewood around New Hampshire Avenue and Cedar Bridge Avenue.

NJ Transit’s Bay Head rail yard was flooded overnight according to NJ Transit spokesperson Courtney Carroll making it difficult for crews to get to the trains. Tickets were cross honored on buses in case there were early delays but Carroll says they did not materialize.

JCP+L reports over 1,200  customers in the dark mostly in Monmouth in Rockaway in Morris County while nearly 1,400 Atlantic City Electric customers were out earlier according to its outage map.There are around 500 in the dark as of 7:50 a.m.

 

Map of rainfall from the late Tuesday/early Wednesday rainfall
Map of rainfall from the late Tuesday/early Wednesday rainfall (National Weather Service)

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