WET WEATHER LINGERS FOLLOWING STORM

ouchIn the aftermath of the storm, a car parked on Branch Avenue in Little Silver was crushed by a falling tree limb Sunday. (Click to enlarge; photo courtesy of Anthony Trufolo)

Seven people died in weather-related accidents and nearly half a million homes were without power at the peak of the weekend storm that socked New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the Associated Press reports today.

At the storm’s peak, more than 235,000 customers in New Jersey — many of them at the Jersey Shore — were without power, according to the Asbury Park Press.

With some 100,000 New Jersey homes still without power, Gov. Chris Christie last night declared a state of emergency in New Jersey. The order “allows state police to limit access to impacted areas and order evacuations,” the Press reports.

Meantime, with the storm past, we still won’t see much sunshine until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the forecast:

Today: Periods of rain. High near 48. North wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: Occasional rain, mainly before 2am. Low around 34. Breezy, with a north wind between 16 and 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A chance of rain before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. North wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind between 3 and 8 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 41.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 30%.