Minor tidal flooding likely Tuesday

     Minor tidal flooding at the Sea Isle City boat ramp in late April 2014. (Ben Wurst photo)

    Minor tidal flooding at the Sea Isle City boat ramp in late April 2014. (Ben Wurst photo)

    The combination of a persistent onshore flow and the impending new moon will likely generate minor tidal flooding at the Jersey Shore on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

    The National Weather Service forecasts a high probability of the flooding occurring during the Tuesday afternoon-evening high tide.

    The service says it might need to post coastal flooding advisories as tidal departures of around a foot above astronomical tide will be enough to produce minor flooding due to Wednesday’s new moon.

    The Stevens Institute of Technology’s Flood Advisory System similarly predicts minor flooding along the entire Jersey Shore coastline. 

    Forecasters say the tide increase will be tempered by an onshore flow — easterly gusts in the lower 30 mile per hour range — that will predominately be below gale forecast and a relatively weak low pressure system when it tracks in close proximity to the area. 

    Typically, the most vulnerable roadways will flood during minor tidal flooding events. Move your car to higher ground and avoid driving through flooded roadways.

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