nbc10 philadelphia-Chris Cato
Several counties along the Jersey Shore are under a high wind warning tonight which could lead to flooding in towns left vunerable by Hurricane Sandy.
Strong winds caused part of the roof to collapse on the overhang in front of the Comfort Inn and Suites in Egg Harbor Township on Wednesday night. Winds gusts up to 60 miles an hour are expected for South Jersey and Southern Delaware -- and the worst of the winds and heavy rains will hit when most people are sleeping.
“The main severe weather threat looks like it will be more midnight to 3 a.m.,” said NBC10 Chieef Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. “That’s when we should see the strongest wind gusts, heaviest rain and possible thunderstorms. We also have high wind warnings for parts of the area”
We hit 70 degrees in Wilmington, Dover and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware and in Philadelphia and South Jersey, temperatures soared into the high 60s on Wednesday. That's nearly 30 degrees above normal temperatures for this time of year.
By 10 p.m. tonight, winds will be up to 50 miles and hour in places like Atlantic City, New Jersey, 43 miles an hour in Philly and gusting up to 48 m.p.h. in Reading, Berks County, Pa.
A flash flood watch is in effect for most of the area from 6 p.m. until later Wednesday night. High wind warnings are also in effect for much of New Jersey and Southern Delaware from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The strongest winds will mostly impact South Jersey and Delaware. However, Glenn warns that any area that gets a thunderstorm has the potential for a 60 mile per hour or more wind gust. While there is a chance for power outages, they are normally less widespread when there are no leaves on trees. However, there is still a possibility for outages in areas with heavy wind.
After the storm clears overnight, we’re in for another drastic temperature change going into Thursday.
“It’s going to be dramatic by the end of the day,” said Glenn. “We’ll be in the upper 30’s. The wind will be gusting to maybe 45 miles per hour tomorrow afternoon. So it will be a much colder type of wind gust.”
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