The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for the Borough of Avalon and other Jersey Shore communities in advance of this evening’s high tide. The Advisory calls for the potential of widespread minor coastal flooding at high tide on Thursday evening, May 25th, which will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City at 8:34pm.
Minor coastal flooding in Avalon generally occurs along 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, and creates an unnecessary wake that can damage private and public property. If you have any emergency, dial 911.
A northeasterly wind throughout the day is expected to keep this morning’s high tide in the back bay which could heighten the threat of minor coastal flooding this evening. The Borough of Avalon has prepared this flood risk map that generally shows what areas of Avalon are at risk during various flood advisories, watches, and warnings:
Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Advisory issued by the National Weather Service:
... Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 7 PM this evening to 1 am EDT Friday... * location... coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware and areas along Delaware Bay. * Coastal flooding... spotty minor flooding may occur this morning. Widespread minor flooding is anticipated around the time of high tide this evening. * Timing... high tide on the New Jersey and Delaware oceanfront occurs between 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM this evening. High tide on the back bays... along Delaware Bay and along Raritan Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront. * Surge... near 1 foot above the astronomical tide. * Waves... wave heights on the ocean waters off the coast are forecast to be 4 to 7 feet. Waves heights on Delaware Bay are expected to be 2 to 4 feet. * Impacts... roadway flooding is expected. Some roads will be closed due to high water. * Outlook... there is a limited potential for minor coastal flood again around the evening high tide cycles on Friday and Saturday. 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. For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your County please go to www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides