By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, will bring heavy rainfall totals to most, if not all of New Jersey later this week.
All of South Jersey and the overwhelming majority of the entire state are under a flash flood watch that’ll take effect on Wednesday morning and last until Thursday evening. The storm could also bring heavy thunderstorms that may knock out power for some residents in the southeastern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service. Rainfall totals are expected to be around 3 to 6 inches for most of the state with higher localized totals possible.
New Jersey’s creeks and streams will likely flood as a result of the rain brought by Ida’s remnants, and moderate to major flooding is expected in some of the state’s rivers, according to the National Weather Service. It’s possible that residents in urban, lower-lying areas and other areas with poor drainage could see road flooding.
By the time it reaches New Jersey, the storm will be nowhere near the Category 4 status it reached before making landfall in Louisiana. As the storm cuts through the southeastern United States, it’ll lose its tropical status and become a post-tropical system by Wednesday morning.
Hurricane Ida caused all of New Orleans’ power to go out, destroyed some buildings’ roofs, and even reversed the Mississippi River’s flow as it made landfall on Sunday. It landed in Louisiana on the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, which was one of the most costly and devastating natural disasters in American history.
Last week, New Jersey had a close call with Tropical Storm Henri, which made landfall in Rhode Island and brought heavy rain to most of the Garden State.
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