The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Ocean City, Strathmere and nearby coastal areas in effect through 10 p.m. Thursday.
An approaching full moon, light rain and light wind may combine to create flooding conditions.
Water levels are predicted to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side (Ninth Street Bridge) of Ocean City at 8:24 p.m. Thursday. High tide on the bay side of Strathmere near Corson’s Inlet is at 8:05 p.m. Thursday.
The NWS predicts a water level of 5.5 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale, which falls at the bottom of the range for “minor” coastal flooding. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare this prediction to other recent and historic tide levels.
With a full-moon tide on Friday, water levels are currently predicted to hit 5.6 feet at 9:02 p.m. (May 5), and another Coastal Flood Advisory may be issued.
Residents should be prepared to move vehicles to safe places well in advance of these high tides on Thursday and Friday. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues In Ocean City are typically at higher elevation.
Parking at all municipal lots is available and free. Parking also 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.
For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.