The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning in effect for Ocean City from 4 p.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Saturday.
Strong north winds are predicted to continue into Saturday, and the NWS warns of coastal flooding through the next five high tides. An NWS “Warning” indicates that moderate or major flooding is imminent.
The short-term advisory forecasts water levels to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 6:59 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters project a tide of 7 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW). This projection falls into the upper end of the “moderate” tidal flooding range. By comparison, flooding on Wednesday evening reached 5.85 feet MLW.
Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare these predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.
High tides in the next three days include:
- 6:59 p.m. Thursday (prediction is 7 feet)
- 7:25 a.m. Friday (prediction is 6.8 feet)
- 7:40 p.m. Friday (prediction is 7.1 feet)
- 8:02 a.m. Saturday (prediction is 5.8 feet)
- 8:18 p.m. Saturday (prediction is 5.4 feet)
Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are 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.
We will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops. For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.