Widespread minor tidal flooding likely Wednesday night

     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)

    Widespread minor tidal flooding is likely Wednesday night at the Jersey Shore, forecasters say.

    The National Weather Service says tide levels will be running astronomically high due to the new moon’s influence from Wednesday through the end of the week.

    But the tidal flooding threat is on Wednesday generated by a persistent easterly flow and developing onshore flow as a low pressure system passes by, followed by another on Thursday. 

    That’s prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Coastal Flood Advisory for Wednesday evening. High tide on the oceanfront occurs between 7 and 8 p.m., coming a few hours later along the back bays.

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    The advisory notes a surge of around one foot above the astronomical tide, leading to localized roadway flooding and the closure of some roadways due to high water.

    Typically, the most vulnerable areas will experience inundation during a minor tidal flooding event. 

    “Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be deeper than you think it is,” the advisory warns. “You will be putting yourself in danger, and your vehicle may be damaged, leading to costly repairs.”

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