A coastal flood warning is impacting 3 New Jersey counties through Saturday afternoon
On Saturday at 10:34 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Watch in effect until 2 p.m. for Hudson, Essex and Union counties.
The weather service states “inundation of 2 to 2 1/2 feet above ground level in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline.”
“Moderate flooding in at-risk areas near the waterfront and shoreline this morning, with inundation ranging from 2 to 2 1/2 feet above ground level in low-lying, at-risk areas. This will result in numerous road closures and widespread flooding of low-lying properties.” This includes parking lots, gardens, lawns, and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront. Vehicles parked in vulnerable areas near the waterfront are likely to be submerged and destroyed. Flooding will also extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers and bays. service. “Take measures to protect property vulnerable to flooding. If travel is required, do not wander around barriers or through water of unknown depth.”
Breaking Weather Alerts: 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 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.
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:
- 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 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. Refrain from walking in 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 heavy rains, there is a risk of flooding, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Remember to never drive through water on the road, even if it appears shallow. According to the National Weather Service, at least 12 inches of fast-moving water could carry most cars away. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
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