With severe weather records already broken, more storms are on the way

Mark Abrams
August 13, 2019 - 7:15 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We have some more storms on the way today.

A flash flood watch for most of the Philadelphia area goes into effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to midnight.

And if it seems like we've had a lot of storms lately, you're right. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., says it has been a record-breaking season for rough weather. 

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"We've actually issued a record number of severe thunderstorm warnings for the state of New Jersey for any year," meteorologist Alex Staarmann said.

He says more than 200 warnings have been issued this year in the Garden State.

In Philadelphia, 21 severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued — three times the number in a typical season.

Thunderstorm totals in Pa. and N.J., 2018 vs 2019 (so far)
National Weather Service

So far, Staarmann says there have been eight confirmed tornadoes in New Jersey this year. That's four times the number recorded in an average year.

he says the latest, last Wednesday evening, was confirmed in Millville by weather service investigators.

"The tornado touched down in a field of solar panels adjacent to the Millville City Sewer Department facility. There were several rows of solar panels that sustained damage," he said.
 
In Pennsylvania, 33 tornadoes have been confirmed so far this year, more than twice the average of 16 in a typical year.

And, since August is generally a period for unsettled weather, Staarmann warns more severe weather conditions are not out of the question over the next couple weeks.

Tornado totals for Pa. and N.J., 2018 vs 2019
National Weather Service