3 New Jersey counties are under a coastal flood warning on Sunday

3 New Jersey counties are under a coastal flood warning on Sunday

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Watch at 7:29 PM Saturday, valid for Sunday between 7 AM and 1 PM for Ocean, Atlantic and Burlington counties.

“Flooding up to half a foot above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service comments.

“At the moderate flood stage level, extensive flooding occurs on roads in coastal and Gulf communities and along tidal inland waterways. Many roads become impassable. Some damage to weak structures may begin. At the minor flood stage level, flooding begins at Most Vulnerable Groups “Roads in coastal and Gulf communities, and along tidal inland waterways. Some roads are likely to be partially or completely closed,” the weather service explains. “If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed. Do not drive around barriers or through water of unknown depth. Take necessary measures to protect properties vulnerable to flooding.”

Understand the differences between advisories, watches and warnings

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!

A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring. In areas prone to flooding, it is necessary to move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is sudden, violent inundation that can develop within minutes to hours, and can occur even in areas that are not currently experiencing rainfall.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action!

A flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Warning: Pay attention:

A flood warning is issued when flooding is not expected to reach a severity level that would require a warning to be issued. However, it can still cause significant inconvenience and, without caution, lead to life- and/or property-threatening situations.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:

A flood warning is issued when conditions are conducive to flooding. This does not mean flooding, but it is possible.

When floods occur: Guidance from the weather service to protect you

Floods can be a major threat, especially if you live in a flood-prone area or find yourself camping in a low-lying area. To ensure your safety, the Weather Service offers basic flood safety guidelines:

1. Find high ground:

  • If you live in a flood-prone area or are camping in a low-lying area, the first step to safety is to move to higher ground.

2. Follow evacuation orders:

  • If local authorities issue an evacuation order, you must respond immediately. Before leaving, secure your home by locking it.

3. Disconnect utilities and appliances:

  • If time permits, disconnect your utilities and appliances. This reduces the risk of electrical hazards during floods.

4. Avoid basements and flooded areas:

  • Stay away from basements or rooms with flooded outlets or electrical cords. This helps prevent electrical accidents.

5. Immediate safety evacuation:

  • If you notice a spark or hear buzzing, clicking, clicking or popping sounds, evacuate without delay. Do not enter water that may carry an electrical charge.

6. Stay away from flood water:

  • Never attempt to walk through flood water. Even just 6 inches of fast moving water can forcefully knock you off your feet.

7. Find high ground when surrounded:

  • If you become trapped by moving water, get to the highest point possible and call 911 to contact emergency services.

During periods of heavy rainfall, the risk of flooding increases, especially in low-lying, flood-prone areas. It is important to avoid driving through any water on the road, even if it appears shallow. According to the weather service, most cars can be swept away by just 12 inches of rushing water. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.

Advanced Local Weather Alerts is a service provided by United Robots, which uses machine learning to collect the latest data from the National Weather Service.

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