Warnings were issued as far north as Massachusetts after a slow-moving Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Florida on Wednesday then moved up the east coast dumping heavy rain that turned streets into rivers and knocked over trees in its path.
As early as 3:30 a.m., Friday, Tropical Storm Elsa dropped about 2-3 inches of rain in the Newark area with isolated totals of up to five inches in some of Northern NJ's lower-lying sections, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and potentially damaging gusts through this morning.
In Ocean County, WeatherFlow reported tornado forced wind gusts of up to 78 mph, which caused sporadic power outages in parts of the county as Tropical Storm made landfall.
National Weather Service officials said the brunt of the storm will stretch across Northern NJ from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will taper off by late morning.