Charge Your Devices Tonight, Power Outages Possible on Monday
If you're reading this before bed on Sunday night, take the time to charge all of your devices (laptop, cell phone, iPad, etc.). Winds are expected to gust as high as 60-70 mph on Monday, meaning power outages are definitely possible across our area.
"For all intents and purposes, our weather impacts will be similar to that of a tropical storm — peak wind gusts over 60 mph, wind-driven downpours, and the potential for severe weather," Townsquare New Jersey's Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow warns. "The strongest winds and loudest thunderstorms will occur during the day Monday."
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning, which will go into effect from 6 am until 7 pm on Monday. This is in effect for Mercer and Burlington counties in NJ and Philadelphia and Bucks counties in PA.
Winds (primarily out of the south) will be sustained between 25 and 35 mph for much of the day, but it's the wind gusts that have forecasters worried.
Wind gusts between 60 and 70 are likely on Monday. These could cause blown trees and cause power lines to go down.
Additionally, periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are likely to develop overnight Sunday and they'll last for most of the day on Monday. Localized flooding is possible.
"The round of rain Monday morning and (more likely) the grand finale thunderstorms Monday afternoon will open the door to some very strong, potentially damaging wind," Zarrow tells us.
In fact, gusty winds are likely throughout the day (even when we don't have a thunderstorm), he adds.
We'll be with you, of course, throughout the day. Make sure you have the 94.5 PST App downloaded on your devices.