A coastal flood warning is affecting Cumberland and Cape May counties on Sunday

A coastal flood warning is affecting Cumberland and Cape May counties on Sunday

On Saturday at 7:29 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning effective Sunday between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. for Cumberland and Cape May counties.

“Flooding up to 1 foot above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service states.

“At this level, flooding begins on the most vulnerable 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 curbs or through water of unknown depth. Take necessary measures to protect property vulnerable to flooding.”

Deciphering advisories, watches and warnings: Understanding weather alerts

  • 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. Flash floods are even possible 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. It does not guarantee that flooding will occur, but it indicates that the possibility exists.

Be prepared for floods: Expert guidance from the weather service for your safety

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 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. Adherence to evacuation orders:

  • When local authorities issue an evacuation order, obey it immediately. Before leaving, secure your home by locking it.

3. Disconnect utilities and appliances:

  • If time permits, disconnect your utilities and appliances. This precaution reduces electrical risks 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. Quick evacuation for your safety:

  • 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. 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.

During heavy rains, the risk of flooding increases, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Always remember to never drive through water on the road, no matter how shallow it may seem. According to the weather service, at least 12 inches of fast-moving 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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