What to Know
- It won't be an Election Day washout but severe storms could hit while polling places are open Tuesday.
- A First Alert is issued until 7 p.m. as storms push across the area from north and west to south and east.
- Once the rain moves out, expect clear conditions for a couple days.
Potentially strong storms could put a damper on part of Election Day but won’t wash out the entire day.
The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team issued a First Alert until 7 p.m. for strong to severe storms packing potential damaging winds and heavy rain for the entire Philadelphia region Tuesday. An isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
“We’re talking damaging winds and downpours that could cause localized flooding,” NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley said. Power outages could also occur.
As of 10 a.m., flooding problems had forced New Jersey Transit to suspend River Line service between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and the waterfront entertainment complex in Camden. In the afternoon, flooding caused closures along Route 47 in Westville, Gloucester County, on U.S. Route 130 in Brooklawn, Camden County, and along the Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden.
Flooding also closed portions of the Kelly and Martin Luther King drives in Philadelphia.
The rain, which moved in shortly before 10, will move out from northwest to southeast. The Lehigh Valley dries first, around 5 p.m. Philadelphia will begin clearing around 6 p.m., and everything aside from isolated showers exists at the Jersey shore by 7 p.m.
“This may cause a few people a delay getting to the polls at some point during the day but it’s not going to be a calamity for Election Day,” Bill said.
The system has the potential to cause more flooding issues in the Pennsylvania neighborhoods, and has a better chance of triggering strong to severe thunderstorms over South Jersey and southern Delaware in the early to mid afternoon.
These sweeping storms follow storms over the weekend that caused damage in some neighborhoods and light to moderate rain on Monday. As a result, the ground is saturated. That makes flooding occur more quickly.
Once the rain moves out we are in for some clear fall weather for a couple days as you will see sunshine and highs in the low 60s Wednesday. Rain doesn’t return until Friday.
The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated on the storms on air and on the app so keep checking back.