Flood Watch Lifted
UPDATE: 4pm June 13, The National Weather Service has lifted the flood warning for our area. The massive storm system split to the North and South, by passing much of New Jersey. Thunderstorms and rain are still possible, but not at the level previously anticipated.
ORIGINAL: The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the area from 8am Thursday morning through Saturday morning, with up to 4 inches of rainfall possible. The Midland Park Office of Emergency Management has also issued and alert through the Midland Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps' Facebook page. Drivers are advised to avoid any standing or moving water, and to remember the motto: "Turn around. Don't drown."
A low pressure system coming out of the Ohio Valley will slowly move through the area, heading south and east of Long Island by Friday morning and out to sea by Friday night. The storm is expected to produce heavy rain with totals ranging from 1 1/2 inches to 4 inches, which could result in flooding of small streams and roads. Main stem rivers may also approach bankfull.
This storm comes just a week after the remnants of Tropical System Andrea dropped up to four inches across the region, causing flooded roadways in Bergen and Passaic counties. The antecedent (high soil moisture) conditions already present in the area adds to the potential for flooding, the OEM reported.
In addition to potential flooding, strong winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 to 40 mph are expect Thursday evening through Friday morning. The saturated grounds means trees and power lines are more susceptible to falling, bringing the potential for power outages.
Avoid any downed power lines and report any outages or downed lines directly to PSE&G through their website, www.pseg.com (note: user account log-in required to report online), or by calling 800-436-PSEG (7734). As of Thursday morning, the PSE&G outage map was already showing small outages in Ridgewood.
On the bright side, the National Weather Service forecast for Saturday and Sunday are sunny with temps in the high 70s and low 80s.