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    NWS: Strong winds likely to spur widespread power outages Sunday night into Monday at the Jersey Shore

    A wind forecast map depicting strong winds along the Jersey Shore around noon Monday. (Image: Windcaster.com)

    A wind forecast map depicting strong winds along the Jersey Shore around noon Monday. (Image: Windcaster.com)

    Winds from a strong coastal storm will likely generate widespread power outages Sunday night into Monday, forecasters say.

    A High Wind Watch is in effect for the Jersey Shore from late Sunday night through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

    Forecasters expect sustained east winds at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

    The strongest winds are likely to be felt in Monmouth and Ocean counties during the day on Monday.

    “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.

    In addition, the National Weather Service expects periods of heavy rainfall up to three inches between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

    Minor tidal flooding, especially along the ocean, and significant beach erosion are probable. The National Weather Service says a stronger and slower storm could generate moderate tidal flooding along the ocean and back bays. 

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