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Cape May County Herald Online
A slow-moving coastal storm will linger near the mid-Atlantic States through the next several days. This storm is forming in part from the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen.
Repeated rounds of minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide are likely continuing into Saturday. Some locations may reach moderate coastal flooding levels today (Thursday) & Friday. Areas impacted are the Atlantic coastlines of NJ & DE, as well as the DE Bay.
Gale force wind conditions are likely along portions of the Atlantic Coast. These prolonged northeast winds will cause seas to build up to 14 feet offshore, with waves in the surf zone building to 7 to 9 feet.
Minor to moderate beach erosion is possible during the times of high tide due to the coastal flooding and heavy wave action.
Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with the heaviest amounts closest to the coast.
Monitor our website for updated information.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 12 p.m.
Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 5 p.m. this afternoon. The Coastal Flood Advisory is no longer in effect.
The southern New Jersey and Delaware coasts as well as the lower Delaware Bay - coastal flooding; moderate coastal flooding is anticipated around this afternoon high tide. \
At Cape May, New Jersey (oceanfront) high tide occurs at 1:14 p.m. with a forecast tide level of 7.5 to 8 feet above mean lower low water. High tide on the back bays and along the Delaware Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.
Sea wave heights on the ocean waters will be 6 to 10 feet, wave height on the Delaware Bay will be 3 to 6 feet.
Numerous roadways will flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible. The tides and wave action will result in moderate beach erosion. Heavy rain may also fall around the time of high tide adding to the increase in water levels. A majority of the moderate flooding will take place in and along the Delaware Bay.
Minor tidal flooding is also possible during the second half of the day. High tide cycle on Friday, minor tidal flooding might also occur on Saturday and Sunday.
A coastal flood warning indicates that moderate or major tidal flooding is imminent or occurring. Be prepared for rising water levels and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials.
Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be deeper than you think. You will be putting yourself in danger and your vehicle may be damaged leading to costly repairs.
October 9, 2013 Prolonged Coastal Storm
A slow moving coastal storm will impact our region much of this week. The storm will bring gale force winds to the coast, the threat of minor to moderate coastal flooding, heavy wave action & beach erosion, as well as 2 to 4 inches of rain across the region.
More information can be found in the attached briefing package.
The briefing package is also available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf
Costal Flood Watch October 9, 2013
COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON,
COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON,
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH,WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
LOCATION,THE ATLANTIC COASTS OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE AS WELL AS IN DELAWARE BAY.
COASTAL FLOODING,MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED WITH THE DAYTIME HIGH TIDE CYCLE TODAY AND WIDESPREAD MINOR TIDAL FLOODING WITH AREAS OF MODERATE TIDAL FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE DAYTIME HIGH TIDE CYCLE ON THURSDAY. BEACH EROSION IS ALSO LIKELY.
TIMING,HIGH TIDE ALONG THE NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE OCEAN FRONT OCCURS BETWEEN 11 AM AND 1230 PM TODAY. HIGH TIDE ON THE BACK BAYS AND ALONG DELAWARE BAY OCCURS LATER THAN THE HIGH TIDE ALONG THE OCEAN FRONT.
AT CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY (OCEANFRONT), THE HIGH TIDE ON THURSDAY OCCURS AT 1237 PM WITH A FORECAST TIDE LEVEL OF 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET ABOVE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER.
SEAS,8 TO 12 FEET ON THE OCEAN AND 2 TO 7 FEET ON DELAWARE BAY.
IMPACTS,LOCALIZED ROADWAY FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED TODAY,WITH MORE WIDESPREAD ROADWAY FLOODING ON THURSDAY. ONGOING RAIN WILL EXACERBATE THE FLOODING. BEACH EROSION IS LIKELY.
OUTLOOK,ADDITIONAL MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE DAY HIGH TIDE CYCLE ON FRIDAY AND MIGHT ALSO OCCUR ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. ALSO SOME MINOR TIDAL FLOODING COULD OCCUR STARTING THURSDAY
A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH INDICATES THAT MODERATE TIDAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE. BE PREPARED FOR RISING WATER LEVELS AND USE TODAY TO MAKE THE NECESSARY PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.
A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED. MINOR TIDAL FLOODING OFTEN RESULTS IN SOME ROAD CLOSURES. USUALLY,THE MOST VULNERABLE ROADWAYS WILL FLOOD.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE AT A LOCATION THAT IS PRONE TO TIDAL FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOOD WATERS. THE WATER MAY BE DEEPER THAN YOU THINK IT IS. YOU WILL BE PUTTING YOURSELF IN DANGER AND YOUR VEHICLE MAY BE DAMAGED,LEADING TO COSTLY REPAIRS.
FOR A LIST OF THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENT TIDE HEIGHTS IN YOUR COUNTY PLEASE GO TO http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/tides.htm
Coastal Hazard Message October 8, 2013
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
318 PM EDT TUE OCT 8 2013
…MINOR COASTAL FLOODING THAT IS FORECAST FOR THE SOUTHERN NEW
JERSEY DURING MIDDAY WEDNESDAY MAY WORSEN
.A LONG DURATION NOR`EASTER WILL PRODUCE ROUGH CONDITIONS ALONG
THE ATLANTIC SHORES OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE. WHILE
MINOR FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED MIDDAY WEDNESDAY… RAIN DRIVEN BY
NEAR GALE FORCE NORTHEAST WINDS COMBINED WITH HIGH SURF COULD
RESULT IN EVEN GREATER COASTAL INUNDATION FLOODING DURING THE
MIDDAY AND AFTERNOON HOURS ON THURSDAY. THEREAFTER…MULTIPLE
AFTERNOON HIGH TIDE CYCLES FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND MAY STILL BE
AFFECTED BY RAIN…HIGH SURF AND MINOR COASTAL FLOODING.
ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY
…COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM EDT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A COASTAL
FLOOD ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM EDT
* LOCATION…THE ATLANTIC COASTS OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND
DELAWARE AS WELL AS ALONG THE LOWER PORTION OF DELAWARE BAY.
* COASTAL FLOODING…MINOR FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED WITHIN AN HOUR
OF HIGH TIDE LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO MID AFTERNOON
WEDNESDAY. AN EASTERLY SWELL OF 6 FEET MAY CAUSE MINOR BEACH
* TIMING…HIGH TIDE ALONG THE NEW JERSEY
OCCURS BETWEEN 11 AM AND 1230 PM. HIGH TIDE ON THE BACK BAYS AND
ALONG DELAWARE BAY OCCURS LATER THAN THE HIGH TIDE ALONG THE
* SEAS…6 TO 9 FEET.
* IMPACTS…LOCALIZED ROADWAY FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED…ESPECIALLY
ALONG ANY ROUTES THAT ARE ADJACENT THE OPEN ATLANTIC OCEAN.
* OUTLOOK…THIS ADVISORY HAS A HIGH PROBABILITY OF NEEDING A
RE-ISSUANCE THURSDAY WITH A SMALL CHANCE THAT MODERATE COASTAL
FLOODING COULD OCCUR ALONG A PORTION OF THIS ADVISORY AREA
THURSDAY AFTERNOON. A WATCH FOR THURSDAY HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED
SINCE CONFIDENCE IN MODERATE FLOODING IS STILL ON THE LOW SIDE
OF POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. RAINFALL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY MAY TOTAL
SEVERAL INCHES ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST.
* ADVISORY EXPANSION…THERE IS A CHANCE THAT ADVISORY CONDITIONS
FOR MINOR COASTAL FLOODING WILL NEED TO BE EXPANDED NORTHWARD ON
THURSDAY TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE NORTHERN NEW JERSEY COAST THROUGH
SANDY HOOK AND RARITAN BAY.
A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS
ANTICIPATED. MINOR TIDAL FLOODING OFTEN RESULTS IN SOME ROAD
CLOSURES. USUALLY…THE MOST VULNERABLE ROADWAYS WILL FLOOD.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE AT A LOCATION THAT IS PRONE TO TIDAL
FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOOD WATERS. THE
WATER MAY BE DEEPER THAN YOU THINK IT IS. YOU WILL BE PUTTING
YOURSELF IN DANGER AND YOUR VEHICLE MAY BE DAMAGED…LEADING TO
FOR A LIST OF THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENT TIDE HEIGHTS IN YOUR
COUNTY PLEASE GO TO http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/tides.htm
Monday, October 7, 2013, 10 a.m. - Tornado Watch
The NWS has issued a tornado watch for all of New Jersey, until 5 p.m.
For additional information visit www.weather.gov/phi
Friday, October 4, 2013, 3 p.m. Tropical Storm Karen Update
· Tropical Storm Karen has developed in the Gulf of Mexico and will make landfall along the Gulf Coast over the weekend.
· The remnants of Karen will move to the northeast and interact with a cold front that will be passing through our area early next week.
· The main threat from Karen at this time is substantial rainfall, with much of the region expected to receive 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Local amounts could be up to 4 inches. Localized flash flooding is possible if the heavier rainfall amounts occur. River flooding is not expected to be a problem.
· There is the potential for minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey & Delaware. The high tides to watch are Monday morning, October 7th & Tuesday morning, October 8th.
· Winds are not expected to be a factor. Wind gusts should be 25 miles an hour or less.
Monitor our website for updated information.
County Forms First Animal Response Team
Release Date: September 19, 2013
Martin L. Pagliughi, Coordinator of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (L) and Don Horvath, CART Program Manager at the opening meeting for the County’s new CART
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton announced that the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management took the initial step to create the County’s first Animal Response Team or CART on September 18, 2013. Cape May County Emergency Management Coordinator Martin L. Pagliughi hosted the first meeting of the Cape May County Animal Response Team that included emergency responders, animal care providers, animal control representatives, shelter personnel and other volunteers at the County Office of Emergency Management. The CART will assist pet owners in a disaster or weather emergency by providing shelter and care.
Federal and State laws require New Jersey counties to plan for and support the needs of animals and individuals with animals during an emergency. Pagliughi said, “The initial focus of the CART will be on domestic animals and the safe evacuation of pets during an emergency.” From localized incidents such as flooding and inclement weather to catastrophic incidents such as a hurricane or terrorist attack, these events require the emergency response community to plan, train and prepare for response operations that include animals. The County is seeking volunteers to help with this important life-saving initiative. Veterinarians, Kennel attendants and Veterinarian technicians and assistants are being recruited to be part of the County Animal Response Team.
The goal is for the CART to have the basic capability of providing shelter for approximately 250 animals now and as many as 500 animals in the future. Also, for the county to have the ability to independently operate these shelters for 72 hours and maintain shelter operations for at least 5 days with proper requested assistance.
During the meeting, Helen Ferraro, Ocean County CART Director and 4-H Coordinator provided an overview of the Ocean County CART and the role they played during Hurricane Sandy providing shelter for pets affected by the storm. Pagliughi added, “ The creation of a CART in Cape May County is just one component of the County’s Sheltering Plan.” The county currently has an emergency evacuation trailer in place plus pet carriers that will be installed by the Cape May County Technical High School inside a remodeled office trailer. Also, the Borough of Avalon has made its Emergency Evacuation Pet Shelter that includes pet cages, climate control, veterinary work station, running water and lighting available to any community in the state who needs to safely evacuate pets during an emergency situation.
The next CART meeting will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the Fire Academy at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center located at 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House (Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway). A Saturday was selected, to give more people the opportunity to attend and participate in the CART.
For additional information or to volunteer, please call Don Horvath, CART Program Manager at 463-6570.
Martin L,. Pagliughi, Coordinator of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management opens the initial meeting to form Cape May County’s first Animal Response Team
AUG. 13,2013 09:11:25 FLASH FLOOD WARNING
FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR
CAPE MAY COUNTY UNTIL 245 PM EDT
AT 935 AM EDT,NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS
OVER SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW JERSEY. THESE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE MOVING NORTHEAST AT
AROUND 20 MPH. 3 TO 4 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE FROM SOME OF THESE STORMS,WHICH WILL RESULT
IN RAPID LOCALIZED FLOODING.
LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO ATLANTIC CITY,MILLVILLE,NEW BRUNSWICK,
SOMERVILLE,TOMS RIVER, VENTNOR CITY,ASBURY PARK,BRIDGETON,LONG BRANCH,OCEAN CITY,PERTH AMBOY,
SOUTH AMBOY AND VINELAND.
A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND
PROPERTY. NEVER ATTEMPT TO CROSS SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR IN
AN AUTOMOBILE. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN!
MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES,
DIPS,OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM, EVEN
A SMALL ONE,ON FOOT. TO ESCAPE RISING WATER, MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND.
The first line of defense against the effects of a disaster is personal preparedness.
Hurricanes can be dangerous killers. Learning the hurricane warning messages and planning ahead can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage.
Plan an evacuation route.
Contact the Local Emergency Management office or American Red Cross chapter, and ask for the community hurricane preparedness plan. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters.
Learn safe routes inland.
Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place.
Have disaster supplies on hand.
Flashlight and extra batteries
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
First aid kit and manual
Emergency food and water
Nonelectric can opener
Cash and credit cards
Make arrangements for pets.
Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on local animal shelters.
Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a hurricane.
Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
Protect your windows.
Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood--marine plywood is best--cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm.
Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.
Check into flood insurance. You can find out about the National Flood Insurance Program through your local insurance agent or Local Emergency Management Office. There is normally a 30-day waiting period before a new policy becomes effective. Homeowners polices do not cover damage from the flooding that accompanies a hurricane.
Develop an emergency communication plan.
In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.. Prepare your home and family.
Link to Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center
Emergency Preparedness Guide
Emergency Preparedness Information Page