A coastal flood warning is impacting Monmouth County on Wednesday

A coastal flood warning is impacting Monmouth County on Wednesday

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday effective Wednesday between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Monmouth County.

“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 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.”

Your guide to 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 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.

Staying safe during floods: expert advice 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 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. Stay away from flooded basements and flooded areas:

  • Avoid flooded basements or rooms with outlets or electrical cords. Preventing electrical accidents is crucial.

5. Quick evacuation for your safety:

  • 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 floodwater, even if it appears shallow. Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can forcefully sweep 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.

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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