Nor’easter Gives Jersey Shore Heavy Rain, Wind
A nor’easter is battering the Jersey Shore with waves of heavy rain and strong winds out of the northeast that could cause some minor coastal flooding.
A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from Middlesex to Cape May through Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. for bands of heavy rain and strong winds as the shore bears the brunt of the storm.
Rain has been falling with wind gusts to 34 MPH in Atlantic City, 31 on Long Beach Island and 30 MPH in Seaside Heights as of 2 p.m.according to Rutgers NJ Weather and Climate Network. By comparison, top winds are 10-15 MPH in inland areas.
The storm will be a slow-mover according to meteorologist Alan Kasper, who expects the nor’easter ‘s effects to be felt through the weekend.
Areas of flooding developed earlier on the Garden State Parkway in some areas through the construction zones in Burlington and Ocean counties. Newark and LaGuardia airports have 1 hour delays while Philadelphia has two hour delays on arrivals.
The Wildwoods New Jersey Governor’s Cup hydrofest powerboat regatta scheduled for this weekend has been canceled because of the weather. The Brick-Wall game for tomorrow night has been postponed until Saturday in anticipation of rain creating a wet field.
2-4 inches of rain will fall in bands as it won’t be raining constantly. Combined with high tides there will be widespread roadway flooding along the shore. River flooding will not be an issue inland thanks to our recent dry weather.
“Since we are at the lower end of the astronomical flooding high tide cycle” explains Kasper, there should just minor flooding during high tide on Thursday afternoon with a chance of some areas of moderate coastal flooding. High surf with incoming easterly swells of 7 to 9 feet and seas building to 14 feet will probably result in beach erosion.
Winds are expected to gust to 40-45 MPH along the shore with 20-30 MPH gusts inland.