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COASTAL FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT
Release Date: March 06, 2013

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING UPDATE – 1:30 p.m.

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON
TO 8 AM EST THURSDAY...

* LOCATION...AREAS ALONG THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND ITS ADJACENT BACK
  BAYS AND TIDAL TRIBUTARIES...AND LOWER DELAWARE BAY AND ITS
  TIDAL TRIBUTARIES.

* COASTAL FLOODING...WIDESPREAD MODERATE FLOODING IS EXPECTED
  DURING THIS AFTERNOON`S HIGH TIDE. WIDESPREAD MODERATE WITH
  POSSIBLE SPOTTY MAJOR FLOODING IS EXPECTED DURING THE EARLY
  THURSDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE.

* AT CAPE MAY... NEW JERSEY ON THE OCEANFRONT...HIGH TIDE WILL
  OCCUR AT 319 PM WEDNESDAY WITH A FORECAST TIDE LEVEL OF AROUND
  7.5 FEET ABOVE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER. HIGH TIDE WILL THEN OCCUR
  AT 354 AM THURSDAY WITH A FORECAST TIDE LEVEL OF 8.0 TO 8.5 FEET
  ABOVE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER.

* HIGH TIDES ON THE BACK BAYS...TIDAL TRIBUTARIES AND ON DELAWARE
  BAY OCCUR LATER THAN THE HIGH TIDE ON THE OCEANFRONT.

* BACK BAYS AND TIDAL TRIBUTARIES WILL BE HARD-PRESSED TO DRAIN
  BETWEEN THIS AFTERNOON AND THURSDAY MORNING HIGH TIDES.

* SEAS...8 TO 15 FEET ON THE OCEAN AND 4 TO 6 FEET ON THE LOWER
  DELAWARE BAY.

* IMPACTS...EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE.
  SOME DUNE BREACHES AND POSSIBLE PROPERTY DAMAGE TO VULNERABLE
  STRUCTURES DUE TO CONTINUED COMPROMISED BEACHES ARE QUITE
  POSSIBLE. WIND AND WAVE ACTION WILL CAUSE BEACH EROSION.

* OUTLOOK...ADDITIONAL MINOR TO MODERATE TIDAL FLOODING MIGHT
  OCCUR INTO FRIDAY. BACK BAYS AND TIDAL TRIBUTARIES MAY
  CONTINUE TO HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME DRAINING INTO FRIDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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.




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