BREAKING NEWS

Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 7:07am: Coastal Flood Warning Issued for Stone Harbor, Other Communities

2017-09-19 07:08:29 swahl

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning and a High Surf Advisory for Stone Harbor and surrounding beach communities.  The Flood Warning is in effect until Wednesday at 1:00am.  Minor coastal flooding is expected at time of high tide Tuesday morning, while moderate coastal flooding is expected at high tide Tuesday evening.

The Borough will experience some showers and gusty winds from Hurricane Jose, which remains a few hundred miles away from our coastline in the North Atlantic.  The flooding that is expected will be tidal flooding, and not from heavy rainfall.

If you live in an area that receives water in the streets during moderate coastal flooding events, consider moving your vehicle off the street and to an area of Stone Harbor that is not prone to flooding before this evening’s high tide.  Never attempt to drive on any street or intersection that is flooded as this puts you and your vehicle at risk.  If you have any loose outdoor objects that are subject to gusty winds, consider securing them or bring them inside.

 

High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Tuesday at 8:02am, and again at 8:19pm.

Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service on Tuesday morning:

Coastal Flood Warning, High Surf Advisory
Issued: 2:58 AM EDT Sep. 19, 2017 – National Weather Service
... Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 1 am EDT Wednesday... 
... High surf advisory remains in effect until 6 PM EDT this 
evening... 

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal 
Flood Warning. It is in effect until 1:00 am Wednesday.

* Location... coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware.

* Coastal flooding... minor flooding is expected with this
  morning's high tide and moderate flooding is anticipated with 
  this evening's high tide.

* Timing... high tide on the New Jersey and Delaware oceanfront
  occurs between 7:15 am and 8:15 am this morning... and between 
  7:30 PM and 8:30 PM this evening. High tide on the back bays 
  occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.

* Surge... around 2 feet above the astronomical tide.

* Waves... wave heights on the ocean waters off the coast are 
  forecast to build around 15 feet. Breaking waves along the coast
  are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet.

* Impacts... widespread roadway flooding is expected and minor
  property damage is possible... especially around this evening's 
  high tide. Significant beach erosion is anticipated.

* Rip currents... there is a high risk for the development of 
  dangerous life threatening rip currents.

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area... producing beach erosion and dangerous 
swimming conditions.

A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or 
imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for
rising water... and take appropriate action to protect life and 
property.

Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be 
deeper than you think it is. You will be putting yourself in 
danger and your vehicle may be damaged... leading to costly 
repairs.

For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your County
please visit www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides
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Monday, September 18th, 6:25pm: Coastal Flood Watch Issued for Stone Harbor

2017-09-18 18:26:00 swahl
The National Weather Service has cancelled the Tropical Storm Watch for the Jersey Shore.  Hurricane Jose is tracking in a northerly direction which means the storm will remain a few hundred miles offshore and will not bring direct tropical storm impacts to our community.
The Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for our community from Tuesday, September 19th at 5:00pm until Wednesday, September 20th, at 12:00am.  A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from this evening through Tuesday, September 19th at 5:00pm.  A High Surf Advisory also remains in effect through Tuesday evening for rough surf from Hurricane Jose.
H0wever, the National Weather Service believes that there is still a threat for minor to moderate coastal flooding at time of high tide, especially during the Tuesday evening high tide event.  High tide will occur Monday evening at 7:33pm, and again on Tuesday at 8:02am and at 8:19pm.  If coastal flooding occurs in our community, do not attempt to drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection.  This puts you and your vehicle at risk, and creates a wake that can damage public and private property.
We still expect gusty winds, with some rain from the storm on Tuesday.  Please continue to follow traditional media outlets and this website for updated weather forecasts and any advisories, watches, or warnings shall they become necessary.
Here is the latest information issued by the National Weather Service:
Hurricane Statement
Issued: 5:36 PM EDT Sep. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service
This product covers New Jersey... Delaware... southeastern Pennsylvania and northeast Maryland

**tropical storm watches have been cancelled for coastal portions of
 Delaware and new jersey** 

New information
---------------

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - all watches and warnings have been canceled

* current watches and warnings:
    - none

* storm information:
    - about 360 miles south-southeast of Atlantic City NJ or about 
      380 miles southeast of Dover de
    - 34.8n 71.1w
    - storm intensity 75 mph
    - movement north or 360 degrees at 10 mph

Situation overview
------------------

Hurricane Jose was located approximately 250 miles east of Cape 
Hatteras, North Carolina, moving northward at 10 mph this afternoon. A
continued northward movement is expected with the hurricane through 
Tuesday. Jose is then forecast to turn more to the northeast and weaken
to a tropical storm Tuesday night into Wednesday. This latest forecast
track keeps the center of Jose more than 200 miles off the northern 
mid-Atlantic coast at its closest point to the forecast area Tuesday 
afternoon through Wednesday morning, which is far enough offshore to 
spare the region from seeing the worst of the winds, heavy rain and 
storm surge.

The tropical storm watch has been cancelled for all of coastal New
Jersey and Delaware but remain in effect for their adjacent coastal 
waters. Sustained tropical storm-force winds are no longer expected to 
occur over land. It will still be breezy at the coast on Tuesday with 
north to northeast winds 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. 

Minor to moderate coastal flooding is still expected to occur through
at least Wednesday morning. A storm surge of 1 to 2 feet above ground
level can be expected at times of high tide. There is a potential for
locally higher storm surge between 2 and 3 feet above ground level to
produce moderate coastal flooding for the ocean front and back bays
communities at high tide Tuesday evening. A coastal Flood Watch has
been issued for these areas.

The threat of flooding from Jose has decreased across the area with
the axis for heavy rain shifting to our east.

Regardless of the track, hazardous seas and dangerous surf, including
a high risk for the formation of life threatening rip currents, will
still occur through most the week. Moderate beach erosion is also
expected, especially Tuesday and Tuesday evening when both winds and 
waves ramp up.

Potential impacts
-----------------

* surge:
prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts
across coastal locales in Delaware and New Jersey. Potential impacts 
in this area include:
    - localized inundation is possible with storm surge flooding 
      mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in 
      areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots could become
      overspread with surge water. Dangerous driving conditions are
      possible in places where surge water covers the Road.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, 
      and piers is possible. A few small craft may be broken away 
      from moorings.

* Other coastal hazards:
hazardous seas and dangerous surf is expected ahead of and with the
passage of Jose. Moderate beach erosion is expected with the heavy surf
also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. There is
a high risk for life-threatening rip currents. 

* Wind:
little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across New Jersey 
and Delaware.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
----------------------------------

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the 
exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties 
which must be taken into account.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as 
near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, in a valley, or 
near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher 
ground.

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders 
that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives 
of others.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for 
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the 
forecast.

* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
-----------

As it pertains to this event... this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ regarding 
the effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

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Monday, September 18th, 7:02am: Tropical Storm Watch Continues for Stone Harbor

2017-09-18 07:02:14 swahl

The National Weather Service has continued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Borough of Stone Harbor and other New Jersey beach communities as Hurricane Jose continues on a path in the North Atlantic that should keep the storm off our coastline.  The Watch means that conditions are favorable for weather conditions that may include showers, heavy rainfall, gusty winds, rough surf, beach erosion, and rip currents.  Please continue to follow traditional media outlets and this website for updates on the forecast shall they be necessary.

Here is the text of the Tropical Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening:

Tropical Storm Watch

Hurricane Statement
Issued: 5:31 AM EDT Sep. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service
This product covers New Jersey... Delaware... southeastern Pennsylvania and northeast Maryland

**tropical storm watch remains in effect for coastal portions of 
Delaware and new jersey** 


New information
---------------

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - none

* current watches and warnings:
    - a tropical storm watch is in effect for Atlantic, Atlantic 
      coastal Cape May, Cape May, coastal Atlantic, coastal ocean, 
      Delaware beaches, eastern Monmouth, inland Sussex, ocean, 
      southeastern Burlington, and western Monmouth

* storm information:
    - about 470 miles south-southeast of Atlantic City NJ or about 
      480 miles south-southeast of Dover de
    - 33.0n 71.4w
    - storm intensity 85 mph
    - movement north or 360 degrees at 9 mph

Situation overview
------------------

Hurricane Jose is currently located approximately 280 miles east- 
southeast of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and will track to the north 
over the western Atlantic Ocean waters, east of the East Coast of the 
United States, this week. Jose will pass off the Delaware and New 
Jersey coasts on Tuesday before curving to the northeast and weakening 
to a tropical storm on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The tropical storm watch continues for locations near and just 
inland from the coast over Delaware and New Jersey, including the 
adjacent coastal waters and the lower Delaware Bay. Tropical storm 
force winds are expected to arrive in Delaware and southern New 
Jersey Tuesday morning, and then along the coasts in central and 
northern New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. The strongest winds are 
expected to be confined to to the coast and adjacent waters, with 
less windy conditions just inland as well. The strongest winds 
should occur Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening, and then the 
winds should fall below tropical storm force by early Wednesday 
morning. 

Coastal flooding will pose a risk to both life and property for the 
high tide cycles Tuesday, and Tuesday night. In particular, 
widespread moderate coastal flooding is possible for the ocean 
front, back bays, and Delaware Bay with the late Tuesday afternoon 
and Tuesday night high tide cycle.

Heavy rain is possible Tuesday afternoon and evening, and could 
result in freshwater flooding, mainly for coastal New Jersey. 
Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is forecast for eastern New Jersey 
from Monday night through Wednesday, but locally heavier amounts are 
possible, especially Tuesday evening. There is also the potential 
for the storm to shift a bit farther west, and this would bring 
heavier rain into much of New Jersey as well. If the heavier rain 
falls at the time of high tide, it could worsen the coastal flooding 
issues. 

Hazardous seas and dangerous surf resulting in a high risk for the 
formation of dangerous and life threatening rip currents are 
expected this week. Significant beach erosion is also expected for 
much of this week.

Potential impacts
-----------------

* surge:
prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts
across coastal portions of Delaware and New Jersey, including the ocean
front, back bays, and lower Delaware Bay. Potential impacts in this 
area include:
    - localized inundation is possible with storm surge flooding 
      mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in 
      areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots could become 
      overspread with surge water. Dangerous driving conditions are 
      possible in places where surge water covers the Road.
    - Moderate beach erosion is expected. Heavy surf also breaching 
      dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip 
      currents are anticipated.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, 
      and piers is possible. A few small craft may be broken away 
      from moorings.

* Wind:
prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across New
Jersey, Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland. 
Potential impacts include:
    - damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored 
      Mobile homes is possible. Unsecured lightweight objects could 
      be blown around.
    - Many large tree limbs may be broken off. A few trees could be 
      snapped or uprooted. Some fences and roadway signs may be blown 
      over.
    - A few roads could be impassable from debris. Hazardous driving 
      conditions are possible on bridges and other elevated roadways.
    - Scattered power and communications outages are possible.

* Flooding rain:
prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited
impacts across across northern and eastern New Jersey. Potential 
impacts include:
    - localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. 
      Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become swollen 
      and overflow in spots.
    - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in 
      vulnerable spots. Rapid ponding of water may occur at 
      underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several 
      storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to 
      overflow. Some brief Road and bridge closures are possible. 

Elsewhere across New Jersey... Delaware... southeastern Pennsylvania 
and northeast Maryland, little to no impact is anticipated.

* Other coastal hazards:
hazardous seas and dangerous surf is expected ahead of and with the
passage of Jose. This results in the formation of dangerous and lift
threatening rip currents. Significant beach erosion also expected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
----------------------------------

Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary 
actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be 
underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your emergency 
supplies kit is stocked and ready.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the 
exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties 
which must be taken into account.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as 
near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, in a valley, or 
near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher 
ground.

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders 
that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives 
of others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be conducted 
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of 
strong gusty winds and heavy rain can cause certain preparedness 
activities to become unsafe.

Visitors to the area should become familiar with nearby surroundings. 
If you are a visitor, know the name of the County in which you are 
located and where it is relative to current watches and warnings. If 
staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their onsite 
disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially pertaining to 
area visitors.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for 
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the 
forecast.


* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Mount Holly NJ around 12 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions 
warrant.
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Sunday, Sept. 17th, 5:26pm: Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Stone Harbor

2017-09-17 17:26:17 swahl

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Borough of Stone Harbor and other New Jersey beach communities as Hurricane Jose continues on a path in the North Atlantic that should keep the storm off our coastline.  The Watch means that conditions are favorable for weather conditions that may include showers, heavy rainfall, gusty winds, rough surf, beach erosion, and rip currents.  Please continue to follow traditional media outlets and this website for updates on the forecast shall they be necessary.

Here is the text of the Tropical Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening:

Tropical Storm Watch

Jose Local Watch/Warning Statement/Advisory Number 50
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ  AL122017
508 PM EDT Sun Sep 17 2017

NJZ023-180500-
/O.CON.KPHI.TR.A.1012.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
Cape May-
508 PM EDT Sun Sep 17 2017

...TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT...

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED
    - Cape May Court House
    - Woodbine

* WIND
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
        - Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated
        - Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for
          tropical storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph.
        - To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited wind
          impacts. Efforts should now be underway to secure all
          properties.
        - Hazardous wind is possible. Failure to adequately shelter
          may result in serious injury.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
        - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
          mobile homes is possible. Unsecured lightweight objects
          could be blown around.
        - Many large tree limbs may be broken off. A few trees could
          be snapped or uprooted. Some fences and roadway signs may
          be blown over.
        - A few roads could be impassable from debris. Hazardous
          driving conditions are possible on bridges and other
          elevated roadways.
        - Scattered power and communications outages are possible.

* STORM SURGE
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Not available at this time. To be
      updated shortly.

    - Threat to Life and Property: Not available at this time. To be
      updated shortly.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Not available at this time. To be updated
      shortly.

* FLOODING RAIN
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Peak Rainfall Amounts: around 1 inch

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: None
        - Emergency planning need not include a threat for rainfall
          flooding. Locally heavy rain and nuisance flooding may
          still occur.
        - Little to no preparations needed to guard against excessive
          tropical rainfall.
        - Ensure readiness for the next tropical rainfall event.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None
        - Little to no potential impacts from flooding rain.

* TORNADO
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: None
        - Emergency planning need not include a threat for tornadoes.
          Showers and thunderstorms with strong gusty winds may still
          occur.
        - Little to no preparations needed to guard against tropical
          tornadoes.
        - Ensure readiness for the next tropical tornado event.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None
        - Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    - http://www.capemaycountyemergency.net
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Friday, August 18th, 7:58pm: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Stone Harbor, all of County

2017-08-18 20:00:05 swahl

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Stone Harbor and all of Cape May County.  The Warning is in effect until 8:45pm.  The Service anticipates heavy rain, strong gusty winds, lightning, and the potential for hail during this storm.  Seek shelter immediately and do not drive on flooded streets.  If you have any emergency, dial 911.  Streets may be flooded with rain water in a very short period of time due to this storm event.

Here is the text of the Warning from the National Weather Service:

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Issued: 7:49 PM EDT Aug. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... 
  Atlantic County in southern New Jersey... 
  eastern Cumberland County in southern New Jersey... 
  southeastern Gloucester County in southern New Jersey... 
  Cape May County in southern New Jersey... 

* until 845 PM EDT

* at 749 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
  extending from Buena to near Bivalve, moving east at 20 mph.

  Hazard... 60 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail. 

  Source... radar indicated. 

  Impact... expect damage to trees and power lines. 

* Locations impacted include... 
  Vineland, Atlantic City, Millville, Ocean City, Cumberland,
  Pleasantville, Somers Point, Ventnor City, Brigantine, Northfield,
  Absecon, Margate City, Buena, Egg Harbor City, North Wildwood,
  Laurel Lake, Weymouth, Woodbine, Sea Isle City and Estell Manor.

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

Remain alert for a possible tornado! Tornadoes can develop quickly
from severe thunderstorms. If you spot a tornado go at once into the
basement or small central room in a sturdy structure.

In addition to large hail and damaging winds... frequent cloud to
ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors
immediately. Remember... if you can hear thunder... you are close
enough to be struck by lightning.
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