Gusty winds could spark scattered power outages at the Jersey Shore

AP photo.

AP photo.

Jersey Shore residents should prepare for the possibility of scattered power outages to end the weekend.

Strong winds associated with a coastal storm will begin increasing later in the day on Sunday, peaking during Monday morning.

The National Weather Service is forecasting winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour on Monday morning. Winds out of the southeast will shift to the west as the system moves away.

A Wind Advisory, in effect from 6 a.m. to noon on Monday, warns of the potential of winds to blow down limbs, trees, and power lines.

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“Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Lightweight outdoor objects, such as patio furniture and garbage cans, should be secured,” the advisory states.

The storm will also generate up to around three inches of rain at the Jersey Shore. Some areas could see more depending on whenever the heaviest rain bands form.

There is also a limited chance of thunderstorms and poor drainage flooding, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast does not call for tidal flooding.

Skies will gradually clear on Monday, but it will remain windy.

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