Tuesday, May 15th: Flash Flood Watch Issued for Avalon by National Weather Service

Tuesday, May 15th: Flash Flood Watch Issued for Avalon by National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Borough from late Tuesday afternoon into late Tuesday night.  A line of severe thunderstorms is expected to impact most areas along the Jersey Shore later today.  These storms could bring heavy downpours and cause street flooding in a short amount of time.

The Borough of Avalon has a flood risk map that shows areas of our community which may be subject to flooding during storm events like these.  Please be advised that beach blocks in the north of 30th Street may be subject to some street flooding shall these storms develop.  Residents are advised to take necessary precautions.

Never attempt to drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk.  If you have an emergency, dial 911.  If you have a power outage, call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.

Here is the text of the Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:


Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
340 AM EDT Tue May 15 2018

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Delaware, northeast
  Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including the
  following areas, in Delaware, Kent and New Castle. In
  northeast Maryland, Cecil, Kent MD, and Queen Annes. In New
  Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May,
  Coastal Atlantic, Coastal Ocean, Cumberland, Eastern Monmouth,
  Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Northwestern
  Burlington, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington,
  and Western Monmouth. In Pennsylvania, Berks, Delaware,
  Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lehigh, Lower Bucks,
  Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western

* From 4 PM EDT today to 2 AM EDT Wednesday.

* A line of intense thunderstorms is expected to move into the
  region from the northwest late this afternoon and this evening.
  There are indications that storms may repeatedly move over the
  same areas, especially during the evening hours. Localized
  rainfall of one to three inches is likely where this occurs.
  Combined with the rainfall received this past weekend, this may
  lead to a few instances of flash flooding.

* The areas of greatest risk are poor-drainage and urban
  locations, where rapid runoff may cause localized flash
  flooding. Quickly responding creeks and streams may also
  experience flooding in areas receiving the heaviest rainfall.
  The storms are expected to move through the area during or just
  after the evening commute. Motorists should be prepared for
  torrential downpours and potential flooding as the storms move


A Flash Flood Watch means that there is the potential for flash
flooding which can be life-threatening. Heavy rain is expected to
occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters
may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams
and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties.

Please monitor the forecast, especially if you live in a location
that is prone to flooding. Be prepared to take action if a flash
flood warning is issued for your area.