Heavy, sudden downpours that flooded parts of New Jersey Tuesday afternoon are expected to continue to pop up over the next 36 hours as the tri-state area feels the fringe effects of what was once Hurricane Isaac, meteorologists say.
Some of the storms are bringing along severe weather, and a tornado warning was issued Tuesday night for Warren County, New Jersey until 9 p.m., and another warning was issued for Sussex County, in effect until 10:45 p.m.
Thunderstorms and strong showers will roll through the region in several waves Tuesday and Wednesday, dumping as much as 3 inches of water on the metropolitan area. Tropical air from Isaac is creating a thick curtain of heat across the tri-state area that is expected to linger into the week.
Flood and flash flooding warnings were issued for Monmouth and Middlesex counties on Tuesday afternoon and a Tornado warning was issued for southern Ocean and east central Burlington counties. The tornado warning expired at 3:45 p.m., but the storms remain dangerous.
Many Ocean County towns, including Lavallette and Toms River, were flooded in the wake of the afternoon downpour.
Scattered, intense thunderstorms are expected to continue into Wednesday causing more localized flooding. Meteorologists caution that the rapid rate of rainfall carries an increased risk of hydroplaning, so drivers should take adequate precautions.
Delays and disruptions at area airports are also likely. Travelers are advised to check with their carriers before heading to the airport.
Thunderstorms may persist into Thursday and Friday, but those are not likely to impact as much of the region.
Another round of rain may move in on Sunday. Along with the gloomy conditions, beach erosion along the coast may occur as Tropical Storm Leslie intensifies on its path toward Bermuda.