The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning for Saturday at 11:00pm through Sunday, May 8th, at 6:00am.  A Mother’s Day weekend that will bring significant rainfall, strong winds, and the potential for moderate tidal flooding for Avalon.  Additionally, a Wind Advisory is in effect from Saturday, 8:00am until Sunday, 2:00am.

The storm will begin will produce heavier rain and stronger winds in our region Friday night through Sunday morning.  The current forecast calls for wind gusts approaching 50mph.  Moderate tidal flooding is possible at time of high tide early Sunday morning

High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Saturday at 1:34pm, and again Sunday at 1:37am and at 2:35pm.  Tidal flooding is possible in flood prone areas including portions of Ocean Drive and the Dune Drive business district.  Do not drive on any flooded street as this puts you and your vehicle at risk.  If you live in an area of Avalon that typically receives tidal flooding, please reference our flood risk map and consider moving your vehicle to higher ground.  Contractors are required to secure their job sites.  Bring objects indoors that may be prone to strong winds including trash cans and patio furniture.

Be advised that varying degrees of tidal flooding may occur over several tide cycles.  Tidal flooding is a temporary condition.

The Avalon Garden Club’s community wide yard sale is on for Saturday, starting at 8:00am.  The Garden Club will hold its own yard sale inside the greenhouse Saturday morning on 39th Street, between Ocean and Dune Drive.  The Avalon Lions Club will attempt its yard sale at the Diller Home; however, it may end early and may be resumed next Saturday, May 14th.  The Avalon Community Paper Shredding Day will be held Saturday at Avalon Public Works at the 15th Street entrance starting at 9:00am.  The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department’s flower and plant sale is postponed until May 14th.  The Avalon Police Department’s bicycle auction is cancelled

Avalon will continue to monitor this storm with our partners at the Cape May County Department of Emergency Management and provide updates when necessary.  If you have any emergency, dial 911.

Here is the briefing package issued Thursday evening by the National Weather Service: