Flood Flood Warning: Strong Thunderstorms, Gale Winds Thursday Afternoon until Friday Morning, Essex County, NJ

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now

5pm RadarAccuweather

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

UPDATED: 5:15pm: Flash Flooding Occurring

  • Essex County had been experiencing Category 7, 37mph Wind Gusts since 4pm
  • Reports of wires and trees down across area
“At 514 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. Thunderstorms will continue to develop and produce heavy rain across the area. Rainfall rates of one inch per hour or greater are expected at times. Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles."~ National Weather Service
A period of heavy rainfall is likely with the passage of a cold front Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Widespread 1 to 2 inches of Rain with locally higher amounts is possible. The rainfall combined with wet antecedent conditions will result in flash flooding. Damaging Wind Gusts in excess of 58mph could weaken trees and power lines and result in scattered power outages. An Isolated tornado can not be ruled out early Friday morning” ~ National Weather Service

Storm Preparations

Plan in advance:

  • Have electronics fully charged
  • Be off the road before flooding occurs
  • Do not drive around barricades or through flooded areas.
  • Move Cars / Items away from Trees and Utility Poles

Essex County Storm Forecast


  • 5pm to 6pm: LIKELY Thunderstorms with Fresh Gale 46mph Winds
  • 6pm to 8pm: STRONG Thunderstorms with Fresh Gale 46mph Winds
  • 8pm to 10pm: STRONG Thunderstorms with Moderate Gale 38mph Winds
  • 10pm to 12am: STRONG Thunderstorms with Strong Breeze 31mph Winds


  • 12am to 2am: STRONG Thunderstorms with Strong Breeze 31mph Winds
  • 2am to 5am: LIKELY Thunderstorms with Fresh Breeze 25mph Winds
  • 5am to 8am: LIKELY Rain
  • 8am to 10am: Scattered Rain
  • 10am to 2pm: Isolated Rain

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning Wednesday afternoon at 5:15pm which is expected to last through 8am Friday morning. The following North Jersey regions are included:

  • Essex County
  • Passaic County
  • Union County

Flash Flooding

  • Rain: 1” to 3” total
  • Rainfall: Up to ½” per hour
  • Flooding: Scattered flash flooding in poor drainage areas and along small streams and creeks

Severe Thunderstorms

  • Isolated chance possible

Damaging Winds

At this time the Friday morning forecast has not been issued.

  • Gusts: Up to 58mph
  • Tornadoes: Isolated possible early Friday morning
Passaic River at Pine BrookNational Weather Service

Passaic River

The Passaic River continues to be monitored for flooding its banks.

  • The River floods at 19'
  • 2:15am, Thursday: Flood Level: 12.98'

Crest Forecast

  • The river is expected to crest at 15.8’ on Saturday, 2am

Highest on Record: Irene

  • Aug. 30, 2011: Flood Level: 24.12'



In Case of Power Outage

Check PSEG Status

  • On cellphone messages: Message 47734, Type: STAT, Press send
  • Or Call: 1-800-436-7734


  • Keep the Freezer closed as long as possible.
  • Freezer food stays frozen for 48 hours if the door stays closed.


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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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