The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Cape May County, including Avalon. There is the potential for street flooding this evening as a second line of thunderstorms may visit our region. Most of the flooding may occur north of Avalon, but Avalon could see storms, and heavy rainfall.
Please see the flood advisory map attached. If you live in an area that floods due to heavy rainfall, including the north end beach blocks, consider moving your vehicle to another part of the island that is not subject to flooding during heavy rainfall events. Never drive on any flooded street. If you have an emergency, dial 911
Avalon’s Flood Risk Map
Flash Flood Warning in effect until 8:00 PM EDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
…THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EDT FOR SOUTH CENTRAL ATLANTIC…SOUTHEASTERN CUMBERLAND AND NORTHERN CAPE MAY COUNTIES… At 446 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated showers and thunderstorms are weakening across the warned area, however additional showers and storms producing heavy rain are just to the west and northwest and may move into the warned area over the next hour or so. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.
HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.
IMPACT…Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low lying areas. Some locations that could experience flooding include… Vineland, Millville, Ocean City, Cumberland, Somers Point, Laurel Lake, Woodbine, Sea Isle City, Estell Manor, Avalon, Corbin City, Mauricetown, Belleplain Forest, Leesburg, Beesleys Point, Seaville, Marmora, Bricksboro, Dennisville and Strathmere.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Protecting yourself from immediate threats to life and safety shall take priority. Whenever possible, as long as it does not cause greater harm, all COVID-19 protective action guidance should be followed. Turn around…don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.