Flooding and Damaging Winds Threaten Philadelphia Region: First Alert Issued

Flooding and Damaging Winds Threaten Philadelphia Region: First Alert Issued

A powerful storm system is set to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Philadelphia region, raising concerns of flooding and potential damage.

After experiencing a weekend storm that left significant amounts of snow in some areas, the Philadelphia region is now bracing for another weather threat. The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for Tuesday and Wednesday, warning of flooding rain and damaging wind. With the combination of melting snow and heavy rainfall, the risk of widespread flooding is a major concern. Residents are urged to stay informed and prepared for potential impacts on travel, power outages, and coastal flooding.

1: The Threat of Flooding Rains

As Monday offers a brief respite with dry skies and temperatures in the 40s, the focus shifts to Tuesday when increased moisture and clouds will move into the region. Temperatures are expected to rise well into the 50s, setting the stage for a storm system that will bring heavy rain instead of snow. The storm, approaching from the south, is predicted to affect the entire region from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.

Most areas can expect to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain, accompanied by potentially damaging winds of 45 to 55 mph. Coastal areas, including shore points, are likely to experience the strongest winds. Flash flooding, urban flooding, and the flooding of creeks, rivers, and streams are all significant concerns. Philadelphia International Airport may also face travel disruptions, and power outages and downed trees are possible.

2: State of Emergency in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey in anticipation of the storm. All 21 counties in the state will have access to necessary resources during this weather event. The storm is expected to exacerbate the effects of previous inclement conditions and may precede another storm later in the week. Residents, particularly those in coastal and riverine communities, are advised to follow safety protocols and avoid unnecessary travel.

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3: Tips for Staying Safe

In preparation for the storm and during its occurrence, it is important to take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Some tips include:

1. Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, as they may still be live.

2. Avoid driving through large pools of water, as downed power lines could be hidden beneath the surface.

3. Do not run gasoline-powered generators in enclosed spaces to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

4. Inform your local electric company and emergency services if you rely on life-sustaining medical equipment.

4: What to Do in the Event of Flooding

If your home or business is at risk of flooding, follow these guidelines:

1. Do not touch any appliances in standing water.

2. Safely turn off air conditioning or major appliances that were running during a power outage to avoid power surges.

3. If you smell gas, call the local electric company or emergency services.

4. Avoid basements with standing water, raw sewage, or electric hazards.

5. Be cautious of animals or snakes seeking shelter after being displaced by flooding.

Conclusion: As the Philadelphia region prepares for another storm, the threat of flooding rain and damaging winds looms large. The combination of melting snow and heavy rainfall raises concerns of widespread flooding and potential damage. Residents are urged to stay informed through NBC10 News and the NBC10 app, which provides the latest forecasts, live radar, and weather alerts. By remaining prepared and taking necessary precautions, individuals can navigate this weather event with safety and resilience.

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