Middlesex and Monmouth Counties are under a Coastal Flood Warning until Saturday afternoon
On Friday at 8:21 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Watch in effect until Saturday at 1 p.m. for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties.
“Up to one foot of flooding above ground level in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service adds.
“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 comments. “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.”
Understand the differences between 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. It does not guarantee that flooding will occur, but it indicates that the possibility exists.
When floods occur: Guidance from the weather service to protect you
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 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. 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. Refrain from walking in 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.
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. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
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