The National Weather Service has continued the Coastal Flood Warning for Avalon and other coastal communities through the Friday evening high tide. There is the expectation of moderate coastal flooding during high tide Thursday evening, Friday morning, and Friday evening, October 10-11.
A low pressure system has stacked water in the back bays with a strong wind that has not allowed the bays to drain during recent days. The continued wind is expected to cause moderate tidal flooding, windy conditions, and possibly additional beach erosion through Friday evening.
High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Thursday will occur at 6:48pm, and on Friday at 7:15am and again at 7:27pm. Street flooding is expected in flood prone areas. Do not attempt to drive on any flooded street. Turn around, don’t drown. If you live on a street that often experiences tidal flooding, you are advised to move your car to higher ground especially during high tide events.
Avalon has developed a flood risk map to help prepare you for tidal events.
Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning from the National Weather Service:
Coastal Flood Warning
Coastal Hazard Message National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 432 PM EDT Thu Oct 10 2019 …LONG DURATION COASTAL FLOOD EVENT EXPECTED THROUGH FRIDAY… …COASTAL FLOOD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR SOME AREAS …COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EDT SATURDAY…
* LOCATIONS…In New Jersey, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Cape May and Atlantic. In Delaware, Delaware Beaches and Inland Sussex. * TIMING…Until 1 AM EDT Saturday.
* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS…One to two feet of inundation above ground level is possible in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Coastal Flood Warning means that moderate or major tidal flooding is occurring or imminent. Be prepared for rising water levels and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials. 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. A Coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some road closures. Usually, the most vulnerable roadways will flood. Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal flooding. 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.