The National Weather Service has continued the Flash Flood Watch for the Borough of Avalon and surrounding communities on Friday, July 28th. The Watch is in effect through Saturday afternoon. The Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rainfall in potentially a short period of time as a storm approaches our region.
The heaviest rain from this storm is forecasted for the late evening and overnight hours into Saturday, July 29th. During this storm, there could be a few inches of rain falling in a short period of time which could flood local streets and make driving difficult or impossible in some sections of our community. You are advised to never drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection. This puts you and your vehicle at risk, and first responders may not be able to assist you if your vehicle stalls on a flooded street. Driving on a flooded street also creates an unnecessary wake that can damage both private and public property.
During these heavy rain events, street flooding may occur in Avalon. During heavy rain storms, Avalon typically receives significant street flooding in the beach blocks north of 30th Street, along all of Ocean Drive, west of Ocean Drive from 20th through 24th streets, west of Ocean Drive at 39th Street, along Dune Drive in the business district, and along the east side of Dune Drive from 33rd through 40th Streets. It is advisable to move your vehicle off the street and to another part of Avalon during this storm event if you are in these areas. A guidance map that delineates potential street flooding appears here.
You are advised to maintain personal distance from bayside bulkheads during heavy rain events. If you have any emergency, please dial 911. You may receive updates on this storm event on Avalon’s emergency management website, www.avalonemergency.org, and through traditional media outlets.
It is possible that the National Weather Service may elevate this Watch to a Warning later today or overnight, and may issue other advisories.
Here is the text of the Flash Flood Watch issued on Friday, July 28th, 2017 from the National Weather Service:
Flash Flood Watch
Issued: 9:20 AM EDT Jul. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service
… Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from 2 PM EDT this
afternoon through Saturday 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, eastern Chester, eastern Montgomery, Philadelphia,
and western Chester.
* From 2 PM EDT this afternoon through Saturday afternoon
* showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected to
develop across Delmarva this afternoon before expanding
northeastward into southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New
Jersey this evening. Additional waves of showers and
thunderstorms with heavy rain will then continue to impact the
area tonight through Saturday morning. Rainfall amounts during
this time will generally range from 2 to 4 inches. However,
training of thunderstorms may lead to isolated higher amounts in
excess of 6 inches, especially south of the Mason-Dixon line.
* 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 may
occur. Locations in far southeastern Pennsylvania, southern
New Jersey, northeastern Maryland and Delaware that were just
affected by heavy rain since last weekend will be particularly
vulnerable to flash flooding.
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.