Tues, June 21st, 4:20pm: Power Outages in Southern Avalon, Throughout Cape May County

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There are scattered power outages reported throughout Cape May County following a severe line of thunderstorms that impacted our region Tuesday afternoon.  The National Weather Service has discontinued the Tornado Warning that was posted for our community.  More than 20,000 customers of Atlantic City Electric are without power in Cape May County due to the storms.  Atlantic City Electric reports a power outage extending from just south of 60th Street in Avalon south through 117th Street in Stone Harbor.  There are also many other outages in the County, including in Middle Township, Lower Township, and in Cape May.  On the Seven Mile Beach, slightly more than 1,700 customers are without power following the storms.

You can view the latest outage map provided by Atlantic City Electric at  You should call in your power outage at 1-800-833-7476; you may also report downed wires on that line as well.

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Tues, June 21, 3:43pm: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Avalon, Tornado Warning for Parts of Cape May County

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The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a

* Tornado Warning for…
southwestern Cape May County in southern New Jersey…

* until 415 PM EDT

* at 339 PM EDT… a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a
tornado was located over Green Creek… or 8 miles north of Cape
May… moving east at 45 mph.

Hazard… tornado.

Source… radar indicated rotation.

Impact… flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs… windows… and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.

* This dangerous storm will be near…
Stone Harbor around 345 PM EDT.
Avalon around 350 PM EDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include
Whitesboro-Burleigh… Erma… West Wildwood and Villas.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Take cover now! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors… in
a Mobile home… or in a vehicle… move to the closest substantial
shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

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Tues, June 21st, 1:15pm: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Posted for Avalon

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service has posted a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Avalon and surrounding communities for Tuesday, June 21st, until 9:00pm.  This Watch may result in a Warning being issued by the Service later in the day or early this evening.

Severe thunderstorms will continue to increase in coverage throughout our region.  There is the potential for strong gusty winds approaching 70mph and for hail to develop in these storms.  If you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter immediately especially if you are in an open area on the beach, in a boat, etc.  The Watch remains in effect for all of southern New Jersey, including coastal areas at the beaches.

Please continue to monitor traditional weather forecasts for updates throughout the afternoon and early evening.

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Wednesday, May 25th, 8:43am: Portion of Dune Drive Closed in Avalon Due to Accident

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A portion of Dune Drive is closed to vehicular traffic on Wednesday morning, May 24th, at 8:40am.  A truck hit a utility wire and collapsed at least four utility poles onto the roadway.  Dune Drive is closed in both directions between 68th and 70th streets.  Emergency and utility crews are on the scene, please avoid the area this morning.

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Thurs, May 5th: Coastal Flood Warning for Avalon Through Early Saturday Morning

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The National Weather Service has posted a Coastal Flood Warning for the Borough of Avalon and nearby coastal communities. The Warning is in effect from Thursday afternoon, May 5th through Saturday morning, May 7th, at 1:00am. There is the potential for coastal flooding in our community during the upcoming high tide events.

An area of low pressure will move over our region before the weekend that is expected to bring some rain to the region from Thursday evening through the day on Friday. This low pressure system is also expected to bring some coastal flooding during times of high tide. Sections of our community that typically experience coastal flooding during storm events will likely experience some level of flooding during these high tides.

During this Coastal Flood Warning event, high tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City on the following days, and times:

Thursday, May 5th: 7:47pm

Friday, May 6th: 8:14am, 8:48pm

Saturday, May 7th: 9:06am

Please exercise while driving during this Coastal Flood Warning event. Never attempt to drive your vehicle on any flooded street, or through a flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk. Driving on a flooded street also creates an unnecessary wake that can damage homes, businesses, and other vehicles. Please continue to pay attention to traditional media outlets for updates on this coastal flooding event.

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

Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 am
EDT Saturday…

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 Saturday. The coastal Flood Advisory is no longer in effect.

* Location… Delaware beaches… New Jersey shore… Delaware
Bay… and the southern shore of the Raritan Bay.

* Coastal flooding… moderate tidal flooding is possible with the
high tides Thursday evening and Friday evening. Minor coastal
flooding is expected with the high tide on Friday morning.

* Timing… high tide on the oceanfront occurs between 7 and 9 PM
EDT this evening. Friday morning high tide will occur on the
ocean front between 7 and 9 am EDT. On Friday evening… high
tide is expected along the oceanfront between 730 and 930 PM
EDT. High tide on the back bays can occur up to 5 hours later
than high tide on the ocean front.

* Surge… near 1.5 feet above the astronomical tide.

* Waves… wave heights on the ocean waters off the coast will be 5
to 8 feet. Wave heights on Delaware Bay will be 2 to 5 feet.

* Impacts… widespread roadway flooding is possible.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

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

For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your
County please visit www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides
Forecast time of predicted
location high Tide Water level

Sandy Hook 735 PM Thu 7.5 to 8.0 feet MLLW
New Jersey 803 am Fri 7.0 to 7.5 feet MLLW
(sandy hook bay) 825 PM Fri near 8.0 feet MLLW

Seaside Heights 705 PM Thu near 7.0 feet MLLW
New Jersey 733 am Fri 6.0 to 6.5 feet MLLW
(oceanfront) 755 PM Fri 7.0 to 7.5 feet MLLW

Atlantic City 713 PM Thu near 7.0 feet MLLW
New Jersey 740 am Fri 6.0 to 6.5 feet MLLW
(oceanfront) 804 PM Fri 7.0 to 7.5 feet MLLW

Cape May 747 PM Thu 7.5 to 8.0 feet MLLW
New Jersey 814 am Fri 7.0 to 7.5 feet MLLW
(oceanfront) 838 PM Fri near 8.0 feet MLLW

Lewes 826 PM Thu near 7.0 feet MLLW
Delaware 855 am Fri 6.0 to 6.5 feet MLLW
(delaware bay) 918 PM Fri 7.0 to 7.5 feet MLLW

Rehoboth Beach 729 PM Thu near 7.0 feet MLLW
Delaware 755 am Fri 6.0 to 6.5 feet MLLW
(oceanfront) 822 PM Fri 7.0 to 7.5 feet MLLW

high tide on the back bays… along the Delaware Bay… and along
the Raritan Bay occurs later than the high tide on the

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