Rain, winds and hail slow Monday PM rush through Fairfax

Blanche Robertson
May 16, 2018

Southern and coastal New Jersey will be under a flash flood watch starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. An "Enhanced Risk" area means that numerous severe storms possible; more persistent, widespread and intense storms; this includes but is not limited to damaging hail, multiple reports of damaging winds, and isolated tornadic activity.

If conditions start to look favorable for more than just thunderstorms then the National Weather Service may issue a tornado watch.

If it is not possible for people to find a structure that provides adequate shelter during the thunderstorm, then they can stay inside a hard-topped vehicle.

The most unsafe components of the forthcoming storm are the chances for forceful wind gusts and local flooding.

Strong storms have developed near Emporia, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings for portions of the area.

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Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, according to an alert from NOAA.

Storms will be possible anytime from the lunch hour through late this evening with the best window for severe storms between 5-11 p.m. Computer models suggest we will reach low 90s in spots, with high humidity. There's a low chance of severe storms, which could produce torrential downpours and localized flooding.

"Severe t-storm warnings will continue to push to the east". But Sunday night's forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low of about 54.

Temperatures will likely vary by 20 degrees between the lakefront and suburbs.

News 12 meteorologists are keeping a close eye on strong storms that are expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the area this evening.

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