Heavy Downpours Bring Flood Threat to Philadelphia, Delaware & South Jersey

UPDATE: By mid-afternoon Friday, the National Weather Service had canceled most of its flood advisories in the region.


Flooding threatened a large part of the Philadelphia region Friday as rain, possibly heavy at times, and wind continued to pound the area Friday.

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"The heaviest rain occurred overnight but we still could get heavy downpours during the day today," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley. "And, with those heavy downpours – because we've already had tremendous rain in the area – there could be some flash flooding. It's not going to be widespread but something to be looking out for."

A Flash Wood Watch remained in effect through Friday afternoon for most of Delaware, parts of South Jersey and Delaware County, Pennsylvania. An earlier Flash Flood Watch for Philadelphia expired. The National Weather Service also issued a Flood Warning for Sussex County, Delaware until 3 p.m. [[395382921, C]]

"Heavy rainfall will continue to affect the area through today," said the NWS. "Widespread 3 to 6 inches has fallen across portions of the Delmarva and southern New Jersey over the last two days, with higher amounts of 10-12 inches across far southern Delaware. Additional periods of moderate to heavy rainfall today will lead to more flooding and exacerbate existing flooding."

The NWS also warned of potential coastal flooding as rain and wind hit the coastlines.

"The heaviest rain occurred overnight but we still could get heavy downpours during the day today," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley. "And, with those heavy downpours – because we've already had tremendous rain in the area – there could be some flash flooding. It's not going to be widespread but something to be looking out for."

Temps on Friday will only get into the 60s with wind and rain making it feel chilly. The rain will continue into the weekend with more of it expected Saturday.

"We will see some rain this weekend but it's not going to be the heavy rain we've seen (Friday)," said Bill.

After a dreary Saturday, Bill said more rain is possible Sunday but so is sunshine in the afternoon. [[287977901, C]]

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