Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Portions Of Jersey Coast

In addition to the Flood Watch that has been issued for much of the Mid-Atlantic area including the Central Jersey area, the National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch out for portions of the New Jersey coast including the Delaware Bay area that covers extreme Southern Jersey.

Coastal towns in the watch area include Cape May, Wildwood, and Millville. Moreover, the Tropical Storm Watch extends into the coastal waters off the Southern Jersey coast from East Point, New Jersey to Slaughter Beach, Delaware, and Cape May to Cape Henlopen, Delaware. There is also a Tropical Storm Watch out for waters some 20 miles off the Jersey Coast from Sandy Hook to Atlantic City.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that Tropical Storm conditions could affect the area within the next 36 hours. Here are some of the conditions that can be expected:

Storm Surge–Coastal Tide levels are expected to range between 2 to 4 feet in the Watch area with the highest amount taking place during the Saturday afternoon high tide starting late Saturday morning.

Winds–Sustained winds of tropical storm force (39 miles per hour or greater) starting on Saturday morning, and they could get as high as 45 to 50 miles per hour. These winds are expected to last into Saturday afternoon, and could cause power outages and fallen trees.

Rain–As mentioned earlier, the National Weather Service already has a flood watch out for all of New Jersey, and the forecast calls for anywhere between 3 to 5 inches of rain.

Please stay tuned to your local weather reports via the radio, television, and the internet to stay informed on this developing situation. Hurricaneville will try to keep you updated as much as possible, but please use those primary weather sources including the Weather Channel to get the latest data.