Thursday, October 1, 2015

National Weather Services issues coastal flood warning, wind advisory for Cape May County

In what was essentially a formality, the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning as well as a wind advisory for Cape May County this evening.

Both warnings concern the storm that is presently making its presence felt along the southern NJ coastal region and is unrelated to Hurricane Joaquin.

The coastal flood warning is now in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, while a coastal flood watch will be in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

The wind advisory will go into effect on Friday from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Widespread moderate to major tidal flooding is expected in multiple successive high tide cycles beginning tonight and possibly lasting into Saturday or Sunday's high tide cycles.

A continuously building surge, eight to 12 foot breaking waves and periods of heavy rain will further contribute to the impact of the tidal inundation flooding. Friday's tides will be about one and a half feet higher than what occurred midday today.

Major coastal flooding is likely again during the Friday night and Saturday night high tide cycles. Minor or moderate coastal flooding should occur during the Saturday night and Sunday high tide cycles.

According to the NWS, flooding will occur for two to three hours either side of the times of high tide.

High tide tonight occurs along the oceanfront around midnight and then around noon to 1 p.m. on Friday. High tide on the back bays occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.

Numerous roadways will flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible. The tides and wave action could result in moderate beach erosion.

The NWS has projected northeast winds from 20 to 30 mph during the day on Friday, with gusts reaching as high as 50 mph.

A high wind watch will be in effect from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

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