The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the Borough. The Watch is in effect on Saturday, May 12th until Sunday, May 13th, at 1:00am. The Watch means that conditions may be favorable for the development of a tornado.
A front is pushing towards our area this evening. Sky conditions will change near nightfall with the likelihood of thunderstorms, possibly containing hail, strong gusty winds, and heavy downpours. It is possible the National Weather Service may issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning later this evening. The threat of severe storms will diminish towards daybreak on Sunday.
If you hear thunder or see lightning, seek shelter immediately. Please be aware that rainfall may be heavy at times and could cause street flooding; this will not be a typical coastal flooding event as any flood waters in the streets will be from the result of heavy rainfall. If you experience an emergency, dial 911. If you experience a power outage, please call Atlantic City Electric directly at 1-800-833-7476. Never attempt to drive over or touch any downed utility line. If you have objects outside your home that are subject to strong winds, consider bringing those objects inside.
In the Borough of Avalon during extreme rainfall events, there is the potential for street flooding in the north end beach blocks. Please continue to monitor the forecast through the evening hours.
Here is the text of the Tornado Watch issued Saturday, May 12th by the National Weather Service:
Hazardous Weather Outlook
DEZ001>004-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ016>027-PAZ060-070-071-101>104- 132000- New Castle-Kent-Inland Sussex-Delaware Beaches-Cecil-Kent MD- Queen Annes-Talbot-Caroline-Salem-Gloucester-Camden- Northwestern Burlington-Ocean-Cumberland-Atlantic-Cape May- Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean- Southeastern Burlington-Berks-Delaware-Philadelphia-Western Chester- Eastern Chester-Western Montgomery-Eastern Montgomery- 350 PM EDT Sat May 12 2018 This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for central Delaware, northern Delaware, southern Delaware, northeast Maryland, southern New Jersey, east central Pennsylvania and southeast Pennsylvania. .DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight. Thunderstorms will develop late this afternoon and move into the region after 5 PM. These storms will have the potential to produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall which could lead to isolated flash flooding and more widespread urban and poor drainage flooding. An isolated tornado is also possible near the Mason-Dixon line. The threat of severe storms should diminish late in the evening.