July 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM
GREEN BROOK, NJ -- The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 11:15 pm today for areas including North Plainfield and Green Brook. The affected areas are: Northern Middlesex County in northern New Jersey. This includes the cities of: New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Somerset County in northern New Jersey. This includes the city of Somerville. East Central Hunterdon County in northwest New Jersey.
The severe thunderstorm watch has been lifted since the storm has weakened, but winds up to 40 mph are still expected. Flooding could follow the rains.
Already multiple lanes of traffic on Route 22 and on many local roads have been closed. I witnessed two lanes closed on Route 22 at North Drive in North Plainfield myself.
The National Weather Service recommends residents do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.
A Flash Flood Warning signifies a short duration of intense flooding of counties, communities, streams, or urban areas with high peak rate of flow. Flash floods may result from such things as torrential downpours, dam breaks, or ice jam breaks. They are issued by the local National Weather Service Office for 4 hours or less. Since flash flooding can occur in severe thunderstorms, this type of warning can be combined with either a Tornado Warning or a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.