Stay home! Severe flooding is all around

Hopewell Township Mayor Julie Blake told MercerMe this evening that the following major roads in Hopewell Township are closed: Route 31 is closed at Delaware Avenue, Route 29 is flooded and closed near Pleasant Valley Road, 518 flooded west of Route 31. Route 654 also is flooded. Numerous minor roads are flooded as well.

Titusville received four inches of rain in an hour and a half and parts of the Hopewell Valley may receive a total of more than seven inches by morning.

In a repeat of the tornado that touched down in Pleasant Valley and Titusville in July, cell phones have been buzzing throughout the evening with warnings to stay away from windows. The National Weather Service reported a large and destructive tornado about 12 miles southwest of Trenton at 7:02pm. The tornado warning was reduced to a tornado watch at 7:52pm as the violent storm moved east towards Newark.

Flash flooding warnings remain in effect until morning, including for 295 between mile markers 61 and 68 (all around Trenton).

PSE&G reports approximately 100 customers are without power north-west of Hopewell Borough. JCP&L is not reporting any outages as of 8:08pm.

Edited at 8:23pm to add that the Office of Emergency Management has warned that the Delaware River is expected to rise as much as 20 feet tomorrow, which may affect some houses on River Drive in Titusville.

Hopewell Township Administrator George Snyder reiterated Mayor Blake’s warning about flooding and cautioned residents to stay home and to refrain from touching any downed wires. Even cable wires may be crossed with electric wires and should be avoided, he said.

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