BREAKING NEWS

Friday, August 18th, 7:55pm: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Avalon, Shore Points

2017-08-18 19:55:38

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Avalon 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.

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.

Friday, August 18th, 7:45pm: Strong Thunderstorm Likely to Impact Avalon, Shore Resorts

2017-08-18 19:46:39

The following is a notice posted by the National Weather Service on Friday evening, August 18th:

Special Statement
Issued: 7:34 PM EDT Aug. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service
... A strong thunderstorm will affect south central Atlantic and Cape
May counties... 

At 734 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located over Cape May,
moving northeast at 30 mph.

Winds up to 40 mph and pea size hail are possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include... 
Cape May, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Woodbine, Sea Isle City,
Estell Manor, Avalon, West Cape May, Stone Harbor, Corbin City, Cape
May Court House, Scotch Bonnet, Seaville, Diamond beach, Green Creek,
Dennisville, Goshen, Strathmere, Rio Grande and North Cape May.

This storm may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radio
stations and available television stations for additional information
and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.

Friday, August 18th, 6:07pm: Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Flash Flood Watch for Avalon, Shore Points

2017-08-18 18:08:40

The National Weather Service has continued the Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Avalon, and has posted a Flash Flood Watch for the potential of heavy rain in a short period of time. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 9:00pm on Friday, August 18th and the Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Midnight.

As of 6:00pm, the leading edge of the cold front that will push through our region was impacting the Philadelphia region and was moving across the Baltimore/Towson, Maryland area. The front is moving easterly at approximately 30mph. There is the potential for heavy downpours, strong gusty winds, lightning and thunder.

If you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter from open areas, including beaches, immediately. Never attempt to drive on any street that is flooded as this puts you and your vehicle at risk and may damage private and public property. If you have any emergency, dial 911.

Portions of Avalon that typically receive street flooding during extreme rain events include the northerly beach blocks of Avalon east of Avalon Avenue; portions of Ocean Drive; portions of the Dune Drive business district; west of Ocean Drive from 20th through 24th streets; west of Ocean Drive at 39th Street; and the east side of Dune Drive from 33rd through 40th Streets.

If you elect to move your vehicle from the street to another section of Avalon, the Borough has prepared this flood map for guidance purposes only. Areas noted in blue and in purple are most prone to flooding during an extreme rain event.   Avalon last received an extreme rain event during the early morning hours of July 29th, 2017. The potential rain is not a tidal flooding event, it is anticipated to be a rain event.

The Avalon Department of Public Works and Middlesex Water Company have checked and cleared storm drains and tested pump stations in advance of the potential for heavy rainfall this evening.

Please continue to follow updates on the forecast for Avalon and Cape May County, NJ on traditional media outlets.

Here is the text of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch and the Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:

 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Issued: 5:43 PM EDT Aug. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 455 remains in effect until 900 PM EDT

NJ
.   New Jersey counties included are

Atlantic             Bergen             Burlington
Camden               Cape May           Cumberland
Essex               Gloucester         Hudson
Hunterdon           Mercer             Middlesex
Monmouth             Morris             ocean
Passaic             Salem               Somerset
Sussex               Union               Warren

Flash Flood Watch

Issued: 3:19 PM EDT Aug. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service

… Flash Flood Watch in effect until midnight EDT tonight…

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of southern Delaware and
New Jersey, including the following areas, in southern
Delaware, Delaware beaches and inland Sussex. In New Jersey,
Atlantic, Atlantic coastal Cape May, Cape May, coastal
Atlantic, coastal ocean, Cumberland, eastern Monmouth, ocean,
and southeastern Burlington.

* Until midnight EDT tonight

* multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms can be expected
through tonight. Torrential downpours with storms that develop
this evening could produce rainfall rates greater than 2 inches
per hour. While the entire area will not receive heavy rain,
isolated rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are possible where
storms track over the same locations.

* Torrential rain falling in a short period of time will result
in rapidly rising water levels along streams and creeks and in
areas of poor drainage. Significant roadway flooding is
possible in isolated areas.

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.


Fri, August 18th, 2:56pm: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued by National Weather Service

2017-08-18 14:57:04

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Avalon and our region.  The Watch is in effect on Friday, August 18th, 2017 until 9:00pm.  The Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms that may produce heavy downpours, gusty winds, and lightning.

A front continues to move towards the shore that will bring cooler, less humid weather to our region.  The front has produced heavy rain in some locations.  Some, not all, locations may experience storm conditions into the evening hours.  It is possible the Service may elevate the Watch to a Warning when a thunderstorm event is imminent.

Please continue to monitor traditional media outlets for updates on the weather forecast.  If you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter immediately from the beach and other outdoor locations.  Never attempt to drive on any street that is flooded with rainwater as this puts you and your vehicle at risk, and creates an unnecessary wake that can damage public and private property.  If you ever have any emergency, dial 911.

This is not a tidal flooding event, but a rain event.  Avalon has developed a flood map that provides general guidance on areas of Avalon that may see water in the streets during heavy rainfall and tidal flooding events.  In advance of any storm event, storm drains and Avalon’s 11 pump stations are checked by our water and sewer management company.

Here is the text of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch provided by the National Weather Service:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Issued: 2:43 PM EDT Aug. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 455 remains in effect until 900 PM EDT

NJ
.    New Jersey counties included are

Atlantic             Bergen              Burlington
Camden               Cape May            Cumberland
Essex                Gloucester          Hudson
Hunterdon            Mercer              Middlesex
Monmouth             Morris              ocean
Passaic              Salem               Somerset
Sussex               Union               Warren


Mon, August 7th, 4:52pm: Flood Warning Issued By National Weather Service

2017-08-07 16:54:32

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for all of Cape May County and portions of our region due to the rain that has fallen on our region today. There is still the chance of some additional rain and thunderstorms that could produce additional rainfall. The Flood Warning is now in effect until 8:15pm on Monday, August 7th.

Today’s rainstorm has brought up to six inches of rain in some parts of southern New Jersey north and west of Avalon. The storm will depart our area later tonight but additional rain may fall in South Jersey and at shore locations.

Please be aware that street flooding is possible due to the ground saturation and the possibility that a good amount of rain may fall in a short period of time. Never attempt to drive on any flooded street or through a flooded intersection. If you have any emergency, dial 911. If you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter immediately.

Here is the text of the Flood Warning issued Monday, August 7th, at 4:24pm from the National Weather Service:

Areal Flood Warning

Issued: 4:24 PM EDT Aug. 7, 2017 – National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a

* Flood Warning for…
Atlantic County in southern New Jersey…
eastern Cumberland County in southern New Jersey…
south central Ocean County in southern New Jersey…
southeastern Gloucester County in southern New Jersey…
Cape May County in southern New Jersey…
southeastern Burlington County in southern New Jersey…

* until 815 PM EDT

* at 422 PM EDT, local law officials reported flooding in Cape May
and Wildwood. Flooding was also reported on Route 47 in Buena. Up
to six inches of rain have already fallen. Although the heaviest
rain has ended, flooding is still expected into the evening.

* Some locations that could experience flooding include…
Vineland, Atlantic City, Millville, Ocean City, Cape May,
Cumberland, Pleasantville, Somers Point, Ventnor City, Brigantine,
Northfield, Absecon, Margate City, Buena, Egg Harbor City, North
Wildwood, Laurel Lake, Tuckerton, Wildwood Crest and Weymouth.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
can do so safely.