That intense April storm brought huge rainfall totals. See how much fell near you.
Posted April 16, 2018 at 03:41 PM | Updated April 16, 2018 at 10:57 PM
Heavy rain caused flash flooding on scores of roads across New Jersey, including Walnut Avenue in Clark. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
By Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Just two days after New Jersey was basking in sunshine and summer-like heat, the state was drenched by a fierce April storm that dumped a month’s worth of rain on some towns and generated wind gusts as strong as 50 mph.
The storm, which swept in from the south and west, dropped 3 to 4 inches of rain over a wide swath of New Jersey, causing flash flooding that trapped drivers in door-high water and power outages that affected thousands of homes and businesses.
At least six drivers were rescued from cars on flooded streets in the Ironbound section of Newark, the National Weather Service reported. Other motorists were rescued in other towns, including a man trapped under a bridge near the Passaic River in Paterson.
Adding to the mess was a flurry of lightning bolts, one of which damaged the roof of a hotel in Ocean County and one suspected of sparking a fire that tore through two homes.
As the storm system moved north and east, a bolt of lightning struck a man near a construction site in Bay Shore, N.Y., the weather service said. The man was reportedly alert and talking after being struck.
Heavy rain and powerful winds
The heaviest rain fell in Bergen, Hudson and Union counties, where several weather monitoring stations measured more than 4 inches of rain before the storm clouds dissipated in the afternoon, according to data from the National Weather Service and the New Jersey Weather & Climate Network at Rutgers University.
Most areas of New Jersey normally get 3 to 4 inches of rain and melted snow during the entire month of April — not all in one day. Thunderstorms that rolled across the state in the morning packed wind gusts of tropical storm strength in at least eight counties.
Topping the list were Berkeley Township, Mullica Township, Sea Girt and Sea Isle City, where gusts almost reached 50 mph. Tropical storms pack sustained winds of 39 mph to 73 mph.
The Harrison Weather Center said a wind sensor at the south lifeguard station on the Seaside Heights boardwalk measured 48 mph Monday morning.
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