Thursday, January 21, 2016

North Wildwood: Moderate to Major Flooding Predicted for Saturday

The following is an update from the City of North Wildwood Office of Emergency Management, with regard to this weekend's impending weather:

January 21, 2016 

Moderate to Major Flooding predicted for Saturday Morning, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

At their 9AM briefing for Emergency Managers the National Weather Service is continuing their predictions of moderate to major tidal flooding for the area.

They have extended the high tides to watch to Saturday Night (7:41PM) in to Sunday Morning (7:58AM). They are predicting just over 7.5 feet for Atlantic City and just over 8 foot for Lewes, DE.

This would put us in the area of the upper 7 to 8 foot range which is considerable and is very similar to the flooding that took place during this past October where the tide reached 8.13 feet.

The snow portion of the briefing shows upwards of 10 inches for parts of Cape May County while along the barrier islands it could be little to none.

There will be high prolonged winds during the storm. Residents should take all precautions and be prepared for this dangerous storm.

Previous update...

January 20, 2016  

Major Flooding predicted for Saturday 7:15 AM High Tide

At their 4PM Briefing for Emergency Managers on Tuesday the National Weather Service changed the predictions for tidal flooding from moderate to major for the 7:15am high tide on Saturday morning that will occur in conjunction with a full moon and nor’easter snow storm. Major tidal flooding starts at 8.7 feet and for North Wildwood generally will cover an area from New Jersey Avenue westward and continue with gutter water in the side streets in the 100 block East. While NJ route 147 out of North Wildwood will be open flooding on New Jersey Avenue in the vicinity of the Elks Lodge and on Spruce just past the Wawa store will make getting out of town difficult.  Also additional flooding may be caused by slow draining water caused by heavy rain or snow.   Residents should take all precautions they usually do in similar situations and monitor the local weather reports for changes. A Code Red notification to all residents will be sent out tonight at 5 pm alerting them to monitor the situation. We urge anyone that would like to view the briefings for themselves to click on the link on the right hand side of this column – NWS Emergency Manager Briefings. These briefings are updated during serious storm situations and only when a new one comes out so clicking on this link when no storm is imminent you will see the last briefing that was issued which may be several months ago.

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