Storms have been impacting coastal Monmouth County this afternoon, with activity expected to pass through the remainder of the shore later.
Radar imagery at 2:25 p.m. indicates widespread activity beginning to move off the Monmouth County coast, with a broken line of showers and embedded thunderstorms forming just east of the Delaware River, taking aim at the east-southeast.
As a storm passed over the Driscoll Bridge — the Garden State Parkway span over the Raritan River that some refer to as the “Gateway to the Shore” — Jersey Shore Hurricane News contributor Mark Joseph Pusillo commented that driving was a challenge.
“I was on top of the [bridge] when that sucker hit. It was like driving behind a fire hose spraying out. Wipers on high were useless,” he said.
When storms are not passing through this afternoon, expect sun and clouds to continue, and the air will remain humid.
For the shore area, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for southwestern Monmouth County and northwestern Ocean County until 6:00 p.m. today.
“Where the heaviest rain falls, one and two inches can be expected,” the advisory warns. “Excessive runoff from these storms will cause flooding or urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots.”
Additional advisories may be issued if conditions warrant.
Showers and thunderstorms could pop-up in advance of the broken line, and more activity is possible later this afternoon and evening, especially as the cold front edges closer.
Anyone in a boat or on the beach should remember the National Weather Service slogan, “When it roars, go indoors.”
A cold front will pass through the area during the overnight hours, delivering improving conditions for tomorrow and a spectacular weekend.