flash flood watch

A flash flood watch is in effect across northern New Jersey until 7 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced this morning.The watch area consists of 17 counties, including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic and Union.”Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop by early afternoon,” forecasters said in a statement. “Some of these storms may become strong to severe with heavy rain producing the possibility for localized flooding.”

Between one half an inch and three-quarters of an inch are forecast for some areas between now and tonight’s evening commute – which could worsen road conditions that were already poor due to the nor’easter that dropped up to four inches of snow on the region over the weekend.The rain could also cause sewer overflows, especially in cities with combined sewer systems, according to the weather service. Forecasters said they will continue to monitor conditions and warn of any changes. “Stay tuned to your local media or NOAA Weather Radio for further details,” they advised. [ARTICLE END]

As you can see from this article, a lot of information was included – that’s because there is a lot going on. The key points that need to be included are:

  • 1) A flash flood watch is in effect across northern New Jersey until 7 p.m. Monday due to possibly severe thunderstorms dropping heavy rainfall
  • 2) Threatening areas for flooding, road performance after snow/ice, and sewer overflows
  • 3) Details of the warning that was issued by the National Weather Service
  • 4) Who to contact for updates or more information
  • 5) The New Jersey counties included in the watch
  • 6) How much rain each area is expected to receive (i.e., between one half an inch and three-quarters of an inch are forecast for some areas – which could worsen road conditions that were already poor due to the nor’easter )
  • 7) When severe weather is likely to happen (in this case, early afternoon on Monday). A good lead-in sentence would be “A flash flood watch has been issued until 7 p.m. Monday”. Note: it’s not exactly clear

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