The National Weather Service has continued the Flash Flood Watch for the Borough of Stone Harbor and surrounding communities on Friday, July 28th. The Watch is in effect through Saturday afternoon. The Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rainfall in potentially a short period of time as a storm approaches our region.
The heaviest rain from this storm is forecast for the late evening and overnight hours into Saturday, July 29th. During this storm, there could be a few inches of rain falling in a short period of time which could flood local streets and make driving difficult or impossible in some sections of our community. You are advised to never drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection. This puts you and your vehicle at risk, and first responders may not be able to assist you if your vehicle stalls on a flooded street. Driving on a flooded street also creates an unnecessary wake that can damage both private and public property.
If you have any emergency, please dial 911. You may receive updates on this storm event on Stone Harbor’s emergency management website, www.stoneharboremergency.com, and through traditional media outlets.
It is possible that the National Weather Service may elevate this Watch to a Warning later today or overnight, and may issue other advisories.
Here is the text of the Flash Flood Watch issued on Friday, July 28th, 2017 from the National Weather Service:
Flash Flood Watch
Issued: 9:20 AM EDT Jul. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service
… Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from 2 PM EDT this afternoon through Saturday afternoon… The Flash Flood Watch continues for * portions of Delaware, northeast Maryland, southern New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in Delaware, Delaware beaches, inland Sussex, Kent, and New Castle. In northeast Maryland, Caroline, Cecil, Kent MD, Queen Annes, and Talbot. In southern New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May, coastal Atlantic, coastal ocean, Cumberland, Gloucester, northwestern Burlington, ocean, Salem, and southeastern Burlington. In southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware, eastern Chester, eastern Montgomery, Philadelphia, and western Chester. * From 2 PM EDT this afternoon through Saturday afternoon * showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected to develop across Delmarva this afternoon before expanding northeastward into southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey this evening. Additional waves of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will then continue to impact the area tonight through Saturday morning. Rainfall amounts during this time will generally range from 2 to 4 inches. However, training of thunderstorms may lead to isolated higher amounts in excess of 6 inches, especially south of the Mason-Dixon line. * Torrential rain falling in a short period of time will result in rapidly rising water levels along streams and creeks and in areas of poor drainage. Significant roadway flooding may occur. Locations in far southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, northeastern Maryland and Delaware that were just affected by heavy rain since last weekend will be particularly vulnerable to flash flooding. Precautionary/preparedness actions… A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.