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The National Weather Service in Mt Holly has issued a weather advisory that a dangerous weather pattern is developing for Ridley Park over the next several days. In addition to the 1-2 inches of rain from last night's rainfall, an additional 4 to 10 inches of rain are possible over the next 7 days. Some locations may see higher amounts. Residents are urged to watch local weather, NOAA, for ongoing updates.
The first of two heavy rainfall events is expected to impact Ridley Park Thursday night and into Friday, October 2, 2015. The threat of very heavy rainfall and inland flooding for Friday and Saturday is associated with the current storm system and comes in advance of the second rainfall impact by Hurricane Joaquin.
This second, and potentially powerful weather system is from Hurricane Joaquin on Sunday into Monday. The latest track forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows an increasing threat to Ridley Park from Hurricane Joaquin during Sunday into Monday. Starting Thursday, wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are expected. If Hurricane Joaquin directly strikes Ridley Park, hurricane force winds are possible. The weather impact for Ridley Park threatens 4 to 10 inches of additional heavy rainfall, gusting winds, inland river flooding, downed tree branches possible electrical power loss.
Residents are urged to reference the National Hurricane Center, tune into NOAA Weather Radio, or go to weather.gov on the Internet for the latest official forecasts on Joaquin. While much uncertainty exists with Joaquin and its impact to our area, this is a good time to review your preparedness plan.
Information on local river flooding is available at NOAA's Advanced Hydrology Prediction Service
For all emergencies in Ridley Park dial 911 on your phone.