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Fri, Sept. 30th, 7:06am: Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory for Avalon

2016-09-30 07:04:48 swahl

Coastal Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch for Avalon for Friday, September 30th. The Advisory is in effect until 12 Noon while the Watch is in effect through the afternoon hours.

A persistent low pressure system continued to bring strong winds and periods of rain to our community during the overnight hours. Some occasional rain is expected to continue through the morning and possibly into the afternoon hours. Windy conditions will persist. There is the potential for periods of heavy rain over the next several hours. There is also the possibility for minor coastal flooding at time of high tide this morning. High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Friday morning at 8:53am and again this evening at 9:06pm.

Never attempt to drive on any flooded street as this puts you and your vehicle at risk. It is likely the road leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will be closed this morning due to waves coming onto the roadway.

Here is the text of this morning’s weather alert from the National Weather Service:

Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory, Coastal Hazard Statement
Issued: 3:49 AM EDT Sep. 30, 2016 – National Weather Service

… Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this afternoon…

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Delaware… northeast Maryland… southern New
Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania… including the following
areas… in Delaware… Delaware beaches… inland Sussex… Kent
and New Castle. In northeast Maryland… Caroline… Cecil…
Kent MD… Queen Annes and Talbot. In southern New Jersey…
Atlantic… Atlantic coastal Cape May… Camden… Cape May…
coastal Atlantic… coastal ocean… Cumberland… Gloucester…
northwestern Burlington… ocean… Salem and southeastern
Burlington. In southeast Pennsylvania… Delaware and
Philadelphia.

* Through this afternoon

* heavy rainfall will continue to affect the area through today.
Widespread 3 to 6 inches inches has fallen across portions of
the Delmarva and southern New Jersey over the last two days,
with higher amounts of 10-12 inches across far southern
Delaware. Additional periods of moderate to heavy rainfall today
will lead to more flooding and exacerbate existing flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.

A coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is
expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some Road
closures. Usually… the most vulnerable roadways will flood.

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal
flooding. 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 go to www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides

There is a high risk of rip currents. A high risk of rip currents
implies that wind and/or wave conditions will support the
development of very strong rip currents. These rip currents will
be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore… which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins…
jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards… beach patrol
flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current… Yell for help. Remain
calm… do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current… swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your County
please visit www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides

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Thurs, Sept. 29th, 11:24am: Coastal Flood Warning Posted By National Weather Service

2016-09-29 11:24:31 swahl

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The National Weather Service has posted a Coastal Flood Warning for the Borough of Avalon for Thursday, September 29th at 6:00pm until Friday, September 30th at 1:00am.  Moderate coastal flooding is expected at time of high tide which will occur in Townsend’s Inlet at 8:28pm.  A persistent northeasterly flow has kept water from the Thursday morning high tide in the back bays.  This evening’s high tide is expected to produce an additional half foot to foot of tidal inundation flooding.  Please be advised that some local streets that typically receive water during coastal flooding events may have water this evening including but not limited to portions of Ocean Drive.  Do not attempt to drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk while also creating an unnecessary wake that can damage property and other vehicles.

The low pressure system that is causing the northeasterly winds and rain, heavy at times, is expected to linger near the East Coast for at least 24 hours.  There may be strong gusty winds, periods of heavy rainfall, or a thunderstorm at any time.  It is possible additional flood advisories may come from the National Weather Service.  High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will occur on Friday at 8:53am and 9:06pm, and on Saturday at 9:29am and 9:42pm.

Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning provided by the National Weather Service:

Coastal Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Advisory, Coastal Hazard Statement
Issued: 10:27 AM EDT Sep. 29, 2016 – National Weather Service
... Coastal Flood Advisory now in effect until 3 PM EDT this
afternoon... 
... High rip current risk now in effect through late tonight... 
... Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 am
EDT Friday... 

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal
Flood Warning... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 am
EDT Friday.

* Location... the central and southern New Jersey shore and
  Delaware beaches.

* Coastal flooding... minor coastal flooding was occuring this
  morning along the central and southern New Jersey coasts and the
  Delaware coast. Tidal inundation flooding will occur again
  tonight and probably be half a foot to a foot deeper than what
  occurred this morning. This has prompted the upgrade of this
  evenings advisory to a warning for moderate coastal flooding
  with this evenings high tide cycle. Easterly winds will whip
  waves of 5 to 9 feet onto the shore as well.

* Risk of rip currents... there is a high risk of dangerous rip
  currents through tonight.

* Timing... the oceanfront coastal flooding is expected with the 
  high tides which between 7 and 9 am and 7 and 9 PM. High tide 
  on the Bay Side may occur up to 3 hours later. The high risk 
  of rip currents will continue through this evening.

* Impacts... roadway flooding is expected near both high tides.

* Surge... tides will be around 2 to 2.5 feet above astronomical
  tides. Heavy rain at the time of high tides could exacerbate
  coastal flooding... leading to total water levels even higher.

* Waves... 5 to 9 feet.

* Outlook... at least minor tidal inundation flooding is
  anticipated with the Friday morning high tide cycle... and
  possibly again Friday evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

There is a high risk of rip currents. A high risk of rip currents
implies that wind and/or wave conditions will support the
development of very strong rip currents. These rip currents will
be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins... 
jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards... beach patrol
flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

A coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is
expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some Road
closures. Usually... the most vulnerable roadways will flood.

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal
flooding. 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.
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Thurs, Sept. 29th, 9:05am: Coastal Flood Advisory Posted, Minor Flooding Possible This Evening

2016-09-29 09:05:50 swahl

Coastal Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service has posted a Coastal Flood Advisory for the Borough of Avalon and other shore communities for Thursday, September 29th, until 11:00pm.  Minor coastal flooding is possible at time of high tide this evening which occurs at 8:28pm.  It is possible that some portions of Ocean Drive may see water during this evening’s high tide event.  A persistent northeasterly flow of wind has kept some water in the back bay which may produce minor flooding at time of high tide this evening.  A low pressure system along the East Coast may bring clouds, wind, periods of rain, and perhaps a thunderstorm during the next 48 hours.  Never drive on any street that is flooded.

For reference purposes, Friday’s high tide at Townsend’s Inlet will occur at 8:53am and 9:06pm; Saturday’s high tides will occur at 9:29am and at 9:42pm.

Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Advisory issued by the National Weather Service:

... High rip current risk remains in effect through this evening... 
... Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect until 11 PM EDT this
evening... 

* location... the New Jersey shore and Delaware beaches.

* Coastal flooding... minor coastal flooding is possible with 
  both the high tide this morning and the high tide this 
  evening. Tidal flooding may approach moderate with the high 
  tide this evening. Note that there is also a risk of flooding 
  due to heavy rain through out the day.

* Risk of rip currents... there is a high risk of rip currents 
  through this evening.

* Timing... the coastal flooding is expected with the high tides 
  which will occur between 7 and 9 am and 7 and 9 PM on the 
  ocean front. High tide on the Bay Side may occur up to one 
  hour later. The high risk of rip currents will continue 
  through this evening.

* Impacts... roadway flooding is expected near both high tides.

* Surge... tides will be up to 2 feet above astronomical tides. 
  However... heavy rain at the time of high tides could 
  exacerbate coastal flooding... leading to total water levels 
  even higher.

* Waves... waves as high as 9 feet are possible

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

There is a high risk of rip currents. A high risk of rip currents
implies that wind and/or wave conditions will support the
development of very strong rip currents. These rip currents will
be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins... 
jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards... beach patrol
flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

A coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is
expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some Road
closures. Usually... the most vulnerable roadways will flood.

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal
flooding. 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.
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Monday, Sept. 5th: Coastal Flood Advisory Posted By National Weather Service

2016-09-05 07:02:09 swahl

The National Weather Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the entire coastline of New Jersey, including the Borough of Avalon; a Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect. The effects of the storm continue to be beach erosion, rough surf, strong rip currents, and minor coastal flooding at times of high tide.

Continue to observe all instructions provided by the Avalon Beach Patrol as rip currents remain present along our beachfront.

The briefing provided by the National Weather Service on Monday, September 5th, at 6:42am provides for the potential of minor coastal flooding at time of high tide Monday morning and Monday evening. High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge on Monday will occur at 11:19am and again at 11:29pm.

Visitors to the Borough should be aware that driving on some main streets may become difficult during time of high tide Monday morning and Monday evening. At times, the Avalon Police Department may close the road leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge for safety due to wave overwash on the roadway; this typically occurs near high tide.

Refrain from placing bulk trash curbside until the wind/flooding threat subsides; bulk trash will be collected curbside in Avalon starting on Monday, September 12th.  If you have any emergency, dial 911.

The Avalon Office of Emergency Management wants to thank all of our residents, property owners, and visitors for paying close attention to the forecast and the advisories throughout this storm event.

Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Advisory posted by the National Weather Service:

… Coastal Flood Advisory in effect until 5 am EDT Tuesday…

… Coastal Flood Warning is cancelled…

 

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal

Flood Advisory… which is in effect until 5 am EDT Tuesday. The

coastal Flood Warning has been cancelled.

 

* Location… coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware.

 

* Coastal flooding… minor flooding is anticipated around the

times of high tide on this afternoon and again tonight.

 

* Timing… high tide on the New Jersey and Delaware oceanfront is

between 10:30 am and 11:30 am this morning… and between 10:30

PM and 11:30 PM this evening. High tide in the back bays occurs

later than the high tide on the oceanfront.

 

* Surge… 1 to 2 ft above the astronomical tide.

 

* Waves… 9 to 13 ft breaking waves in the surf zone.

 

* Rip currents… large swells and gusty northerly winds will

produce a high risk of dangerous rip currents.

 

* Impacts… localized roadway flooding is expected. Some roads may

be closed due to high water. Large and breaking waves will be

dangerous to anyone who enters the surf. There will also be

dangerous rip currents and beach erosion.

 

* Outlook… minor coastal flooding could occur again at times of

high tide on Tuesday if Post-Tropical Storm Hermine drifts back

westward toward the coast. Heavy surf and a high risk for rip

currents will likely persist into Tuesday or possibly Wednesday.

 

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

 

A coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is

expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some Road

closures. Usually… the most vulnerable roadways will flood.

 

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal

flooding. 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.

 

A high rip current risk at the beaches will pose a serious threat

to life for any swimmers that decide to venture out into the

ocean.

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Sun, Sept. 4th, 5:26pm: Tropical Storm Warning Continues, Monday Flooding Concerns

2016-09-04 17:26:13 swahl

Hermine Sunday 5pm

The National Weather Service has continued the Tropical Storm Warning for the entire coastline of New Jersey, including the Borough of Avalon. The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect as Hermine continues to meander in the North Atlantic away from the New Jersey coastline. The effects of the storm continue to be gusty winds, beach erosion, rough surf, strong rip currents, and coastal flooding at times of high tide.

Throughout the day on Sunday, strong rip currents were present on the beachfront. There has been beach erosion in the north end of our community that was fortified by the Avalon Department of Public Works with a sand back passing project in the Spring. Continue to observe all instructions provided by the Avalon Beach Patrol

Winds Sunday night and Monday are expected to be out of the north at 25mph, with gusts to 35mph

The briefing provided by the National Weather Service on Sunday, September 4th, at 5:00pm provides for the potential of minor coastal flooding at time of high tide Sunday evening, and moderate coastal flooding at time of high tide Monday morning and Monday evening. High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will occur Sunday at 11:25pm. High tide on Monday will occur at 11:19am and again at 11:29pm. High tide on Tuesday will occur at 11:59am. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible during Tuesday’s high tide.

Monday night tide

Visitors to the Borough should be aware that driving on some main streets may become difficult or impossible during time of high tide Monday morning and Monday evening. It is wise to plan your commute home a few hours before or after these high tide events. If you live in an area of Avalon that typically floods during coastal storm events, consider moving your vehicle off the street. Never park your vehicle on any bridge in our community as larger emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, are blocked by vehicles parked on bridges. Never attempt to drive on any flooded street as this puts you at risk, and salt water will damage your vehicle. Driving on a flooded street also creates an unnecessary wake that can damage vehicles/property owned by others. At times, the Avalon Police Department may close the road leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge for safety due to wave overwash on the roadway; this typically occurs near high tide.

Here is a map of Avalon that shows areas that are prone to flooding in RED:

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Refrain from placing bulk trash curbside until the wind/flooding threat subsides; bulk trash will be collected curbside in Avalon starting on Monday, September 12th.  If you have any emergency, dial 911. If you are home and see flooding in your street, it is best to shelter in your home until flood waters recede.

The Borough continues to be in contact with our partners at the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey State Police. Continue to follow advisories regarding this storm event on www.avalonemergency.org.

The Avalon Office of Emergency Management wants to thank all of our residents, property owners, and visitors for paying close attention to the forecast and the advisories throughout this storm event.

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