If the coronavirus stay-at-home order and travel ban are not enough to convince you to shelter at home, the National Weather Service Mount Holly this morning issued a Coastal Flood Watch and is predicting high winds Friday morning into afternoon and minor to moderate coastal flooding through Sunday evening.
Friday will bring significant wind with gusts 50-60 miles per hour along the South Jersey coast. Winds have the potential of causing tree damage and power outages.
Although there will be no flooding expected during Friday’s high tides, the Saturday morning high tide will be at 7.4 feet causing moderate flooding in low-lying areas. The evening tide on Saturday will be at 6 feet, with the Sunday morning high tide at 6.2 feet and 5.4 feet in the evening, causing widespread flooding with roads becoming impassable.
A Coastal Flood Watch means that conditions favorable for flooding are expected to develop. According to the NWS, “Lives may be at risk when people put themselves in harm’s way.”
The NWS advises residents to be prepared to begin taking appropriate action to protect life and property and follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials.