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Tornado Watch Continues For Pa., N.J., Del.

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The area in red shows the Tornado Watch that's in effect for an area that includes parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and all of Delaware. The area in red shows the Tornado Watch that's in effect for an area that includes parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and all of Delaware.
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A Tornado Watch continues for the Philadelphia area until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service says several tornadoes are likely in the watch area, which extends down to the South, and there could be numerous damaging wind gusts to 70 mph.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

One Tornado Warning earlier this evening in New Castle County, del., was allowed to expire, but there are reports that as many as a dozen homes may have been damaged.

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In Pennsylvania, the affected counties are Adams, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York. 

The New Jersey counties are Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem.

The Philadelphia area experienced some downpours earlier this morning that then moved through central New Jersey and off the coast. Around lunchtime, some heavy-hitters moved into South Jersey, and by mid-afternoon we were seeing more downpours in the city.

Farther north, there are reports that the Garden State Parkway has been closed at times north of Brick due to flooding on the highway.

And Philadelphia International Airport had nearly three-hour delays at one point.

A Flood Watch remains in effect until tonight for almost the entire area.

Rainfall rates of up to 3 inches per hour were estimated this morning in a few locations. Fortunately, the storms moved quickly. 

But they did cause street flooding and a rise in small feeder streams, given the already wet conditions from rain last Friday.

Philadelphia has already seen nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain today.

In Montgomery County, a gauge indicated Monday afternoon that the east branch Perkiomen Creek reached a level of 7.2 feet at Schwenksville, slightly above flood stage, and was still rising from rain earlier in the morning. It could rise another foot or so before cresting later today.

The on-and-off shower activity will stay with us all day. The afternoon rush will be another messy one, but not as bad as Friday.

We got to 83 degrees on Sunday, but we'll only get to 75 today.

It looks like we'll hit 85 on Tuesday after a warm front comes through, but then there are storms in the afternoon. It dries out on Wednesday. Expect more storms on Thursday.

But the best news of all is that it looks dry for the weekend!

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