The National Weather Service has issued both a Coastal Flood Warning and a High Wind Warning for the Borough. The Flood Warning is in effect from Friday, March 2nd at 5:00am through Sunday, March 4th, at 2:00am. The Wind Warning is in effect from Friday, March 2nd at 11:00am through Saturday, March 3rd at 6:00am.
A developing Coastal Storm will bring rain, strong winds, and minor to moderate coastal flooding to our region. The storm will begin as rain Thursday morning, continue with rain and strong winds on Friday, and with dry but windy conditions with coastal flooding continuing on Saturday. The high tide of the most concern appears to be the high tide event on Saturday morning. Minor to possibly moderate coastal flooding is expected at time of high tide Friday morning, Friday evening, and Saturday evening; moderate coastal flooding is likely at time of high tide on Saturday morning.
High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge on Friday at 8:05am, and again at 8:33pm. High tide will occur on Saturday at 8:51am, and again at 9:19pm. Sunday morning’s high tide will occur at 9:36am.
Please exercise caution while driving at time of high tide. Never drive on a flooded street as this puts you at risk and creates an unnecessary wake that can damage property. Secure any outdoor objects, including construction sites, where lighter objects and debris are located. If you have any emergency, dial 911. If you have a power outage, contact Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476. Be aware that the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will be closed for the duration of this storm event and may reopen sometime on Sunday, March 4th.
The Borough of Avalon has prepared this flood advisory map for guidance purposes to show streets that are prone to flooding during storm events:
The Borough continues to be in contact with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service for updated information. Please continue to follow local media forecasts and this website for updated information as it becomes available.
Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning and the High Wind Warning provided by the National Weather Service:
Coastal Flood Warning
Coastal Hazard Message National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 407 PM EST Thu Mar 1 2018 May- 407 PM EST Thu Mar 1 2018
…COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM FRIDAY TO 2 AM EST SUNDAY… The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Coastal Flood Warning, which is in effect from 5 AM Friday to 2 AM EST Sunday. The Coastal Flood Watch is no longer in effect. *
LOCATIONS…Coastal areas of Cape May County and Cumberland County. * COASTAL FLOODING…Minor flooding is anticipated with the high tides on Friday morning and Friday evening. Moderate flooding, along with spotty major flooding, is expected with the high tide on Saturday morning. Moderate flooding is forecast with the high tide on Saturday evening.
* TIMING…High tide on the oceanfront occurs between 7:15 AM and 8:15 AM on Friday morning, between 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM on Friday evening, between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM on Saturday morning, and between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM on Saturday evening. High tide on the back bays and on Delaware Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.
* SURGE…Around 1 to 1.5 feet on Friday, building to 2.5 to 3 feet on Saturday.
* WAVES…Around 4 to 7 feet on Friday, building to 9 to 12 feet on Saturday.
* IMPACTS…Numerous roadways are expected to flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible. The tides and wave action will likely result in moderate beach erosion.
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 repairs. Visit the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at water.weather.gov/ahps for additional water level and flood impact information for your local tide gauge.
High Wind Warning
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 330 PM EST Thu Mar 1 2018 Thu Mar 1 2018
…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM EST SATURDAY… * LOCATION…Northeastern Maryland, northern Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. * WINDS…Northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
* TIMING…Strong winds with gusts of 40 to 50 mph develop toward midday Friday. Peak gusts to 60 mph are most likely to occur from mid afternoon to late evening Friday. Winds will gradually diminish Saturday morning.
- ..Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.