Rain and wind expected to make for messy Christmas

Whitemarsh Township Emergency Management’s sent out an alert just before 6:00 p.m. warning about a storm that is expected to hit the area on Christmas Eve. The storm is expected to bring a large amount of rain and heavy winds that will result in down trees and limbs and power outages. There could also be minor flooding along the Schuylkill River and creeks in the area.

Below is the text of the alert:

A strong storm system is expected to impact the region tonight into Friday. Rainfall projections are at 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts of 4 inches possible. 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 45-50 mph possible which may cause tree damage and power outages. The heaviest rain and highest winds are expected this evening into tonight.

The Schuylkill River is expected to go to Minor Flood Stage at 13.1′ on Friday 12/25 at 7 PM. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions and actions now to prepare for flash flooding near the Wissahickon Creek and areas that are prone to flooding.

Please refrain from travel if possible due to possible downed wires, downed trees, and flooded roadways.

Remember turn around, don’t drown. Flooded roadways can be deeper than they appear.