The National Weather Service has continued the Coastal Flood Warning for our area through early Saturday morning, December 12th. Moderate coastal flooding is anticipated at time of both high tides on Friday, and minor coastal flooding is anticipated for the high tide event on Saturday morning.
Our community received street flooding during Thursday evening’s high tide event. Never drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk, and creates an unnecessary wake that can damage private and public property.
High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge on Friday occurs at 7:15am, and again at 7:27pm. High tides on Saturday occur at 7:50am, and again at 8:04pm. If you live in a flood prone section of our community, consider moving your vehicle to higher ground, especially during high tide events.
The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management continues to provide updates throughout the prolonged flooding event.
Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning issued Friday morning by the National Weather Service:
Coastal Flood Warning
Coastal Hazard Message National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 311 AM EDT Fri Oct 11 2019
…LONG DURATION COASTAL FLOOD EVENT TO CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY…COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EDT SATURDAY…
* LOCATIONS…In New Jersey, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Cape May and Atlantic. In Delaware, Delaware Beaches and Inland Sussex.
* TIMING…Until 1 AM EDT Saturday.
COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS…One to two feet of inundation above ground level is possible in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. Back bays will have added water with previous tide cycles not having drained completely.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Coastal Flood Warning means that moderate or major tidal flooding is occurring or imminent. Be prepared for rising water levels and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials. 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. Visit the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at water.weather.gov/ahps for additional water level and flood impact information for your local tide gauge.