Ocean City Office of Emergency Management Special Weather Statement:
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning in effect for Ocean City through 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. The new warning increases the water level prediction for Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Strong northeast winds are pushing water and rough surf toward the coastline at the same time that a new moon is causing higher-than-normal tides. Rain and thunderstorms also remain in the forecast for Monday.
Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at the following times (with predictions on the mean low water scale):
9:37 p.m. Monday (6.6 feet MLW)
10:06 a.m. Tuesday (5.8 feet MLW)
10:23 p.m. Tuesday (5.4 feet MLW)
By comparison, the tide level at the Bayside Center in Ocean City reached 6.9 feet MLW at 8:54 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 9, 2018). Visitwww.ocnj.us/octides to compare those predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.
Street flooding is likely prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Vehicles should be moved from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. 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).
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.
The National Weather Service has also issued a High Surf Advisory for Monday. Please do not attempt to swim in these dangerous conditions.
At the same time, forecasters predict that Hurricane Florence could make landfall somewhere on the East Coast later this week. Please monitor the track and forecasts for this storm, which could bring hurricane-force winds and extreme rainfall.
For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.