A coastal flood warning for Ocean County until midday Sunday

A coastal flood warning for Ocean County until midday Sunday

On Saturday at 11:45 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning in effect until Sunday at 11 a.m. for Ocean County.

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

“Flooding of lots, parks and roads is expected with only isolated roads closed,” the weather service says. “If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed. Do not drive around curbs or through water of unknown depth. Take necessary measures to protect property vulnerable to flooding.”

Breaking Weather Alerts: Advisories, Watches and Warnings

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!

A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in an area prone to flooding, move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood that can take minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible for flash floods to occur in areas that do not receive rain immediately.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action!

A flood warning is announced when flooding is about to occur or is already underway.

  • 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.

Weathering the Storm: Flood Safety Guidelines from the Weather Service

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. Move to higher ground:

  • If you are in an area prone to flooding, or if you are camping in a low place, move to higher ground as a first step.

2. Follow evacuation orders:

  • If local authorities issue an evacuation order, 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. Stay away from flooded 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 or popping sounds, evacuate immediately. Avoid any water that may be electrostatically charged.

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. Look for higher ground if you are trapped:

  • If trapped by moving water, head to the highest available point and contact emergency services by dialing 911.

When heavy rain falls, there is a possibility of flooding, especially in low-lying or flood-prone areas. It is important to never drive through water on the road, even if it appears shallow. According to the National Weather Service, up to 12 inches of fast-flowing water could carry most vehicles away. 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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