The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Borough and surrounding communities that remains in effect from Thursday evening, December 20th, through Friday evening, December 21st. Nearly three inches of rain is possible during this rain storm event, and there is now the potential for minor coastal flooding during this storm.
High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge on Thursday at 5:56pm, and again on Friday at 6:22am and 6:46pm. Minor coastal flooding is possible at time of high tide.
Rainfall amounts may be significant. Turn around, don’t drown..never attempt to drive on any flooded street as this causes a wake that can damage property and puts you and your vehicle at risk. Wind gusts will approach 40mph during the evening hours Thursday into early Friday morning. Secure loose objects on your property; contractors should secure their job sites on Thursday.
Continue to monitor the forecast on traditional media outlets. We will provide updates for you when necessary. We continue to be in contact with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management for updates on the potential impact of this storm on our region.
Here is the text of the Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
946 AM EST Wed Dec 19 2018
…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH
The Flood Watch continues for
* Flood Watch for portions of Delaware, much of New Jersey, and
southeast Pennsylvania along the tidal Delaware River.
* From Thursday evening through Friday evening
* Strong low pressure will impact the area Thursday night
through Friday, resulting in a widespread rainfall of 1.5 to
2.5 inches with locally higher amounts.
* Given the recent heavy rain and how saturated he ground is, this
amount of rain will result in flooding of roadways and areas of
poor drainage, as well as the potential for significant river
flooding. In addition to the freshwater flooding, the
combination of heavy rain and increased tide levels during the
times of high tide Thursday night through Friday morning will
result in widespread moderate to locally major coastal flooding
along the Atlantic, Delaware Bay, and tidal Delaware River.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.