Coastal flooding watch for 5 counties in New Jersey on Tuesday
On Saturday at 3:22pm the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch valid for Tuesday between 8am and 4pm for Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Burlington counties.
“Inundation of 1 to 2 feet above ground level is possible in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service states.
“At this level, widespread road flooding occurs in coastal and Gulf communities and along tidal inland waterways. Many roads become impassable. Some damage to weak structures may begin,” 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.”
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. 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 be bad enough to issue a warning. However, this may cause significant inconvenience and, if care is not taken, may lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.
- 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.
Staying safe during a flood: Recommendations from the weather service
In flood-prone areas or while camping in low-lying areas, understanding and following the weather service’s flood safety guidelines can be life-saving:
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:
- 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:
- 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, 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 floodwater, even if it appears shallow. Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can forcefully sweep 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 risk of flooding, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. It is important that you never attempt to drive through water on the road, no matter how deep it is. According to the weather service, up to 12 inches of rushing water could wash away most vehicles. Prioritize your safety by staying informed and prepared.
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