RED BANK: TORNADO WATCH ISSUED

RED BANK STORMSThe Weather Channel app early Monday showed potentially severe storms expected to roll across the Greater Red Bank Green over a two-hour period ending at 7 a.m.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the region that includes eastern Monmouth County, with the threat also expected to end by 7 a.m. (Tornado preparation info is here.)

In addition, the NWS warned of strong winds, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, between noon and 10 p.m. “With the ground saturated from previous rain, trees and power lines will be more susceptible to the adverse effects of strong winds,” the NWS warned.

Any way you look at it, the forecast suggested a bumpy start to the workweek. Check out the extended forecast below.

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ON THE GREEN: SUNSHINE, THEN RAIN

shadow lake 041115Geese at sun-dappled Shadow Lake in Middletown Saturday. The warm temperatures and sunshine of the weekend will continue Monday with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-60s, the National Weather Service forecasts. Tuesday, there’s a 70-percent chance of rain before mid-afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

BEACH ALERT: RIP CURRENT THREAT HIGH

sb beach 071813Beachgoers taking advantage of the mild early autumn weather are being warned of a high risk of rip currents Wednesday. The National Weather Service says life-threatening rips are expected to result from east wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and waves of up to seven feet in advance of rain expected to arrive overnight. The rip warning is in effect through Wednesday evening. For more about rips, click here. (Archive photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ANOTHER POWER TO BE RECKONED WITH

ripcurrent_083010_irA sign in Sea Bright warns visitors that a hurricane may threaten beachgoers later this week. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

This week’s forecast: hot and sunny with a chance of Earl. A very good chance of Earl, actually.

Be warned, beachgoers: the entire East Coast is on alert for Hurricane Earl, which is expected to hit our area — at least in tropical form — later this week.

The same rip current advisory that was in effect for Hurricane Danielle last weekend is in place for the storm’s successor this Labor Day weekend.

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