The National Weather Service has continued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Borough of Avalon and other New Jersey beach communities as Hurricane Jose continues on a path in the North Atlantic that should keep the storm off our coastline.  The Watch means that conditions are favorable for weather conditions that may include showers, heavy rainfall, gusty winds, rough surf, beach erosion, and rip currents.  Please continue to follow traditional media outlets and this website for updates on the forecast shall they be necessary.

Here is the text of the Tropical Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening:

Tropical Storm Watch

Hurricane Statement
Issued: 5:31 AM EDT Sep. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service
This product covers New Jersey... Delaware... southeastern Pennsylvania and northeast Maryland

**tropical storm watch remains in effect for coastal portions of 
Delaware and new jersey** 


New information
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* changes to watches and warnings:
    - none

* current watches and warnings:
    - a tropical storm watch is in effect for Atlantic, Atlantic 
      coastal Cape May, Cape May, coastal Atlantic, coastal ocean, 
      Delaware beaches, eastern Monmouth, inland Sussex, ocean, 
      southeastern Burlington, and western Monmouth

* storm information:
    - about 470 miles south-southeast of Atlantic City NJ or about 
      480 miles south-southeast of Dover de
    - 33.0n 71.4w
    - storm intensity 85 mph
    - movement north or 360 degrees at 9 mph

Situation overview
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Hurricane Jose is currently located approximately 280 miles east- 
southeast of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and will track to the north 
over the western Atlantic Ocean waters, east of the East Coast of the 
United States, this week. Jose will pass off the Delaware and New 
Jersey coasts on Tuesday before curving to the northeast and weakening 
to a tropical storm on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The tropical storm watch continues for locations near and just 
inland from the coast over Delaware and New Jersey, including the 
adjacent coastal waters and the lower Delaware Bay. Tropical storm 
force winds are expected to arrive in Delaware and southern New 
Jersey Tuesday morning, and then along the coasts in central and 
northern New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. The strongest winds are 
expected to be confined to to the coast and adjacent waters, with 
less windy conditions just inland as well. The strongest winds 
should occur Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening, and then the 
winds should fall below tropical storm force by early Wednesday 
morning. 

Coastal flooding will pose a risk to both life and property for the 
high tide cycles Tuesday, and Tuesday night. In particular, 
widespread moderate coastal flooding is possible for the ocean 
front, back bays, and Delaware Bay with the late Tuesday afternoon 
and Tuesday night high tide cycle.

Heavy rain is possible Tuesday afternoon and evening, and could 
result in freshwater flooding, mainly for coastal New Jersey. 
Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is forecast for eastern New Jersey 
from Monday night through Wednesday, but locally heavier amounts are 
possible, especially Tuesday evening. There is also the potential 
for the storm to shift a bit farther west, and this would bring 
heavier rain into much of New Jersey as well. If the heavier rain 
falls at the time of high tide, it could worsen the coastal flooding 
issues. 

Hazardous seas and dangerous surf resulting in a high risk for the 
formation of dangerous and life threatening rip currents are 
expected this week. Significant beach erosion is also expected for 
much of this week.

Potential impacts
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* surge:
prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts
across coastal portions of Delaware and New Jersey, including the ocean
front, back bays, and lower Delaware Bay. Potential impacts in this 
area include:
    - localized inundation is possible with storm surge flooding 
      mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in 
      areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots could become 
      overspread with surge water. Dangerous driving conditions are 
      possible in places where surge water covers the Road.
    - Moderate beach erosion is expected. Heavy surf also breaching 
      dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip 
      currents are anticipated.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, 
      and piers is possible. A few small craft may be broken away 
      from moorings.

* Wind:
prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across New
Jersey, Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland. 
Potential impacts include:
    - damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored 
      Mobile homes is possible. Unsecured lightweight objects could 
      be blown around.
    - Many large tree limbs may be broken off. A few trees could be 
      snapped or uprooted. Some fences and roadway signs may be blown 
      over.
    - A few roads could be impassable from debris. Hazardous driving 
      conditions are possible on bridges and other elevated roadways.
    - Scattered power and communications outages are possible.

* Flooding rain:
prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited
impacts across across northern and eastern New Jersey. Potential 
impacts include:
    - localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. 
      Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become swollen 
      and overflow in spots.
    - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in 
      vulnerable spots. Rapid ponding of water may occur at 
      underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several 
      storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to 
      overflow. Some brief Road and bridge closures are possible. 

Elsewhere across New Jersey... Delaware... southeastern Pennsylvania 
and northeast Maryland, little to no impact is anticipated.

* Other coastal hazards:
hazardous seas and dangerous surf is expected ahead of and with the
passage of Jose. This results in the formation of dangerous and lift
threatening rip currents. Significant beach erosion also expected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
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Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary 
actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be 
underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your emergency 
supplies kit is stocked and ready.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the 
exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties 
which must be taken into account.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as 
near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, in a valley, or 
near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher 
ground.

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders 
that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives 
of others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be conducted 
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of 
strong gusty winds and heavy rain can cause certain preparedness 
activities to become unsafe.

Visitors to the area should become familiar with nearby surroundings. 
If you are a visitor, know the name of the County in which you are 
located and where it is relative to current watches and warnings. If 
staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their onsite 
disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially pertaining to 
area visitors.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for 
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the 
forecast.


* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Mount Holly NJ around 12 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions 
warrant.