First Alert: Storms Move Through Area as Region Recovers From Flooding

A First Alert was in effect for the entire Philadelphia region, except for the Jersey Shore, until midnight.

What to Know

  • A First Alert for heavy downpours, hail, damaging winds and possible flooding is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday until midnight.
  • Areas already hard hit by creek and street flooding are most vulnerable to more flooding.
  • The Jersey Shore is the only area spared from the threat.

More storms moved through the area Thursday as neighborhoods waited for floodwaters to recede.

A First Alert was in effect for the entire Philadelphia region, except for the Jersey Shore, until midnight. By 2:30 p.m. a line of storms had already moved into western neighborhoods and stormed toward Philadelphia.

A Flash Flood Watch was in effect for the entire area until late Thursday night.

The quick-moving storms hit during the p.m. commute, right around the same time that some creeks and rivers hit high tide. The showers were sporadic with downpours in one neighborhood and barely a raindrop in others.

Strong storms hit Wednesday night, causing flooding throughout the region. Many people and pets needed to be evacuated from their homes by boat.

The areas that flooded the worst on Thursday morning, especially along rivers and creeks, were most vulnerable to rain. Residents in Southampton Township, Westville and Cherry Hill in New Jersey, especially those living by creeks, had to call for help and be rescued by boat as water rose early Thursday.

Overnight showers caused significant flooding and damage around the Philadelphia region. NBC10’s Miguel Martinez-Valle reports on the damage that forced evacuations along the Rancocas Creek in South Jersey.

In the past 24 hours, inches of rain had fallen in most neighborhoods with the radar-estimated rainfall at more than 5 inches in parts of South Jersey, 6 inches in the Reading area and more than 4 inches in parts of Philly and the Pennsylvania suburbs.

The pop-up storms should completely clear out by the Friday morning commute.

Relief finally comes as conditions continue to clear Friday. Expect plenty of sunshine and lower humidity both Saturday and Sunday, giving the region some time to dry out.

Follow the NBC10 First Alert Weather team or download the NBC10 app for the latest weather updates.

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