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Videos show extent of flooding across Jersey Shore after torrential rain Sunday morning


Videos show extent of flooding across Jersey Shore after torrential rain Sunday morning

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Multiple South Jersey shore towns flooded after torrential rain overnight and early Sunday morning.

According to meteorologist Andrew Kozak, thunderstorms dumped between 2-6 inches of rain along the shore overnight, and even more storms and severe weather are in the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the entire Delaware Valley, much of New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware expired at 7 p.m. Yhe entire area is under an enhanced risk of severe weather, or Level 3 on a five-point scale.

Enhanced risk for severe weather across Delaware Valley
Enhanced risk for severe weather across Delaware Valley

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Video shared with CBS News Philadelphia by contributing photographer HughE Dillon showed cars driving across a flooded North Essex Avenue in Margate earlier Sunday morning.

In a Facebook post, the city’s police department urged drivers to not cross flooded roads, and shared a list of flood-prone areas motorists should avoid. “If you see any barricades up, please do not drive past them,” Margate PD said.

At Winchester Avenue in Margate, several intersections were flooded and two cars had to be towed out of the high water.

Jillian Hauser, who was visiting from Pittsburgh, was worried about her SUV.

“The first thing I did was I came out and I was like, ‘Uh, I was like my car is buried in water.’ It was past my lugnuts,” she said. 

Fortunately, Hauser was able to get her car out without any problems. But residents said this flooding didn’t really come as a surprise and it happens with a lot of storms.

“You got to keep an eye on the weather, gotta keep an eye on the tides,” said Jack Willard, who is a Margate resident. “We know if it’s gonna be a storm to park a little further west.”

Video shared on X (formerly Twitter) also showed the severity of flooding in Ocean City, where a pickup truck driver was seen pulling a partially submerged sedan out of a flooded road.

People were also seen paddle boarding along flooded streets in Ocean City.

At 24th Street in Ocean City, parts of the road were flooded and closed to traffic. 

Brian King, of Mullica Hill, said the home they’re staying in wasn’t affected by the floodwaters. But a friend who was coming to visit got their car stuck.

“There’s about two inches on the floor that we were able to bail out, but yeah, it’s not starting, unfortunately,” King said. 

In Sea Isle, the breakfast and lunch restaurant Steak Out shared video of submerged streets and sidewalks.

The main threats with Sunday night’s storms are damaging winds, heavy rain that could create more flash flooding and an isolated tornado. Storms arrive in South Jersey between 6-10 p.m.

The NEXT Weather team will continue to monitor severe weather as it threatens the Delaware Valley. Get the latest updates online, on-air and streaming on CBS News Philadelphia.

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