Berks County residents are urged to stay vigilant as the National Weather Service issues a Wind Advisory and a Flood Watch, predicting challenging weather conditions from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.
The Wind Advisory is in effect from 5 PM Tuesday to 3 AM EST Wednesday, covering a wide region, including Berks County. Southeast winds of 25 to 35 mph, accompanied by gusts reaching up to 55 mph, are anticipated. The advisory warns of potential hazards such as unsecured objects being blown around, tree limbs at risk of falling, and the possibility of isolated power outages.
Compounding the situation is the saturated ground resulting from multiple rounds of heavy rainfall over the last month. This has made trees more susceptible to uprooting, heightening the risk of damage due to the strong winds.
Motorists are advised to exercise extra caution, especially those operating high-profile vehicles. Additionally, securing outdoor objects is crucial to prevent potential damage.
Simultaneously, a Flood Watch has been issued for Berks County, spanning from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. The advisory cautions residents about the possibility of flooding caused by excessive rainfall. The forecast predicts widespread total rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches, with localized amounts of up to 4 inches. The already saturated ground, coupled with high levels in area creeks and streams, increases the risk of flooding, particularly in urban areas.
The forecast highlights a period of higher hourly rainfall rates during the overnight hours on Tuesday, intensifying the potential for flooding. Factors such as runoff from snowmelt and tidal inundation in coastal areas may exacerbate the flood risk.
Residents are strongly urged to monitor later forecasts and remain alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take action promptly if flooding develops.