The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement by Ocean City officials.
While flash flooding is a condition that typically occurs near rivers, Ocean City can experience conditions similar to flash flooding if heavy rain coincides with high tide.
The latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of rain to fall Tuesday evening with higher amounts possible. A new moon high tide on the bay side of Ocean City (at the Ninth Street Bridge) will come at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday.
Residents and guests are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions. Numerous rounds of strong storms are expected through the end of the week, and similar watches may be issued by the NWS. Some of the storms could include strong winds and hail.
Residents should be prepared to move vehicles. Please don’t be caught off-guard. Flash flooding can impact parts of the island that don’t typically experience tidal flooding. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).
High tides at the Ninth Street Bridge include:
9:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 15
9:39 a.m. Wednesday, May 16
9:54 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
10:29 a.m. Thursday, May 17
10:44 p.m. Thursday, May 17
For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.
For police and fire department emergencies call 911. For non-emergencies call 609-399-9111.