Tropical Storm Elsa spared Newark as it moved across Sussex County and up the New Jersey coast Thursday night and Friday morning.
Forecasters had warned that Newark could see up to 3 inches of rain from the fast-moving storm, but the heaviest rain stayed to the east.
Less than a tenth of an inch of rain fell here, according to a Delaware Environmental Observing System weather station at the University of Delaware’s farm. The strongest wind gust was 15 miles per hour.
Sussex County took the brunt of the storm in Delaware, with some areas receiving more than 2.5 inches of rain and tropical storm-force wind gusts. At least three tornado warnings were issued for eastern Sussex County shortly after midnight.
Though the storm ultimately fizzled in Newark, city crews spent Wednesday and Thursday taking precautions, including preparing generators and checking areas that are prone to flooding and making sure they are clear of any debris.
“We do anticipate there to be some flooding. To what extent, we really don't know, but we are ready to address whatever comes our way,” Ethan Robinson, deputy director of public works for the City of Newark, said Thursday afternoon.