Coastal flooding a concern during morning high tide

    A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. for coastal sections of New Jersey from the Rartian Bay in Middlesex County to Atlantic County.

    The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ warns of areas of moderate tidal flooding this morning. Forecasters are most concerned about coastal sections of Monmouth County and Raritan Bay, “where tides could approach major levels,” the warning notes. But for coastal areas further south, the warning advises that “less of a tidal departure is expected.”

    High tide occurs at 8:55 a.m. Friday at Sandy Hook (forecast tide level of 8.0 to 8.5 feet above mean lower low water), 8:25 a.m. in Seaside Heights (forecast tide level of near 7.5 feet above mean lower low water), and 8:32 a.m. in Atlantic City (forecast tide level of near 7.5 feet above mean lower low water).

    Forecasters expect roadway flooding and possibly some minor property damage. “In addition any over wash has the strong likelihood of freezing as temperatures will be and remain below freezing,” the warning bulletin advises. With an easterly swell of seven to eight feet, beach erosion is also likely in some areas. 

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    Minor tidal flooding is expected in Cape May and Cumberland counties, where a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. “Minor tidal flooding often results in some road closures. Usually the most vulnerable roadways will flood,” the bulletin advises.

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