Coastal storm to feature gusty winds, heavy rain, widespread minor tidal flooding

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    A strong offshore low pressure system will impact the Jersey Shore beginning tomorrow, forecasters say.

    Rain will develop later this afternoon ahead of the widespread impacts — wind, tidal flooding, and heavier rain — that ramp up during the early morning hours tomorrow. 

    A High Wind Warning is in effect for the Jersey Shore from 3 a.m. until 9 p.m. tomorrow. The National Weather Service expects sustained east winds at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

    “Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” according to the High Wind Watch statement.

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    The heaviest rain will likely fall tomorrow afternoon at the Jersey Shore. The National Weather Service is forecasting between one and three inches of rain at the coast, tapering off on Tuesday. 

    Tidal flooding is also a concern tomorrow morning due to an onshore flow. A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. until 11 a.m. tomorrow. 

    Widespread minor tidal flooding along the ocean and back bays is expected during the morning high tide (between 4 and 5 a.m. and several hours later along back bays, with pockets of moderate tidal flooding possible from Long Beach Island to along the Raritan Bay, according to the National Weather Service. 

    Roads that are typically susceptible to flooding will likely experience inundation and become impassable for a time, according to the National Weather Service. Beach erosion will also occur.

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