Flood Watch, Wind Advisory in Effect for Shore

No snow predicted in mid-week storm, however

It won't be a repeat of the 2010 post-Christmas blizzard, but a coastal storm will bring rain, high winds and the threat of flooding to the Shore area Wednesday into Thursday.

A coastal flood watch was in effect for Monmouth and Ocean counties and a wind advisory stretched the entire length of the shoreline from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

Rain was forecast to begin falling across the region by 1 p.m., forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly predicted. Wind gusts were forecast to reach up to 40 m.p.h. during the afternoon Wednesday and up to an inch of rain was possible.

Heavy rain is forecast to continue through Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with as much as two additional inches falling. Wind gusts could reach about 50 m.p.h. overnight, the NWS predicted.

The coastal flood warning will be in effect from Wednesday night through Thursday morning, and will cover areas hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy where flooding is still a major concern.

A Dec. 21 storm re-flooded areas that had been saturated by Sandy weeks earlier.

"Moderate" tidal flooding is possible with the Wednesday night or Thursday morning high tide, the NWS said in its statement on the coastal flood watch.

At the Mantoloking Bridge over Barnegat Bay in Brick, high tide is at 11:04 p.m. Wednesday and 11:16 a.m. Thursday.

In Forked River, on the bay, high tide is at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday and 9:56 a.m. Thursday.

jay December 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Jerry Belle December 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM
What's coming to our area next...tsunamis, pandemics, astroids, aliens....? Nature has been a real angry b**ch!
YouthPastor December 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Last week's flodding in our neighborhood of Silverton was a huge suprise to all of us. 3 feet of water in the streets, and my family had to be evacuated. We are worried this is the new normal now.
KC December 27, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Lately, Jersey Shore is more like Jersey, Sure? Enough with the soggy clams. I am about ready to wring out the towel and use it as a surrender flag. Arizona here I come. I gotta go where its warm. :)
Resident December 27, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Have to believe this is the new normal. The bay had to fill with sand giving runoff no where to go except to flood the low lying areas.


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