Special Weather Statement - 8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018
|Date:||July 21, 2018|
City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management
Special Weather Statement:
8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 2 p.m. Saturday (July 21) through the night.
The forecast calls for heavy rain with 2 to 4 inches possible in only a few hours. High tide is at 4:22 p.m. at the Ninth Street Bridge on the bay side of Ocean City. Strong and gusty east winds will increase tide levels. The National Weather Service predicts a tide of 5.1 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale, which is just below its threshold for minor tidal flooding. But if the heavy rain coincides with high tide, streets could flood, See sampling of Ocean City historic tides for context: www.ocnj.us/octides.
Residents and guests are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions and be prepared to move vehicles. Please don’t be caught off-guard. Street flooding could occur prior to high tide and may last for several hours. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island. 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.
For Police & Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.