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Coastal Flood Watch In Effect as Nor'easter Heads for Ocean City

Ocean City can expect tidal flooding from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning as a strong northeast storm promises to bring heavy rain and wind gusts up to 55 mph to Ocean City.

The flood watch, issued on Monday, predicts tide levels on the oceanfront in Cape May to be 7.5 feet to 8.0 feet above mean low water during high tides on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning. In his Monday evening forecast, NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon called for tides of 7 to 7.3 feet for the local coastline.

In Ocean City, the tide level reached 10.02 feet on the same scale during Superstorm Sandy (read the right column on the attached PDF). Minor tidal flooding (expected about six times a year) is 6.5 feet, and moderate tidal flooding (once every five years) is 7.5 feet, according to the same chart.

High tides on the bay side of Ocean City at the Ninth Street Bridge occur at 3:29 p.m. Wednesday and 4:05 a.m. Thursday. Residents in flood-prone areas should move their vehicles to higher ground.

Ocean City Public Works Department crews spent much of Monday working to shore up sand berms on the south end of the island and other areas where dune systems were wiped out by Superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29. A federal beach replenishment project on the north end of the island had already completed work at the most vulnerable beaches there.

The forecast calls for a mostly sunny Tuesday afternoon with a high of 44 degrees. But weather conditions will deteriorate rapidly from there.

Rain will likely start overnight on Tuesday and turn heavier through the day on Wednesday. With a predicted high temperature of 41 degrees on Wednesday afternoon and low of 34 degrees on Wednesday night, the precipitation will likely remain all rain in Ocean City — though there is some chance it could turn to a heavy wet snow before dawn on Thursday.

The rain is expected to diminish on Thursday as the coastal storm moves away.

The forecast calls for sustained northeast winds of 31 to 38 mph on Wednesday night with gusts as strong as 55 mph.

The coastal flood watch warns of potential property damage to vulnerable structures, road closings and beach erosion.

The ocean water temperature is 40.5 degrees.

Newell138 March 05, 2013 at 12:50 PM
how many minutes before the sand on the south end is mentioned?
Liz March 05, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Gee Newell - not too many minutes - you got a problem with that?? hope we at the southend with no beach aren't annoying you and anyone else who is not at risk -- I realize the south end is just here to provide taxes for the north end business people to put more money into their own pockets but we did buy houses here because it is "America's Greatest blah blah blah -- can't have a resort without a beach now can we? And so what if our houses wash away - as long as the old local families who have made so much money here with a captive audience keeps on prospering. And while you are at it, if anyone wants to put a bike path all through the wetlands so we have no protection from either direction, please feel free. We are just here for the benefit of the north end businesses and to add to their entertainment. Ask Keith Hartzell and Scot Ping - they wanted to sell out the south end wetlands for their buddies. So Newell - you will hear it and hear it because for way too long, we have been quietly letting ourselves be totally taken advantage of - I think that time has ended. If you have a problem with it, help to FIX IT!
Steve Glaspey March 05, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I recommend that everyone living on the south end, the area without a beach, shop in Strathmere or Sea Isle. We should not be subsidizing the sandy end of the island.
John H March 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I thought the Civil War was long over. We should all try to do what's best for OC. Not just the North or just the South. Not just your neighborhood but the entire island. The dialogue between the North and South here in the Patch over beach sand is petty on many levels.
P Plover March 05, 2013 at 01:48 PM
The Chamber of Commerce should film their next " Everything is OK in Ocean City" ad from 58th st beach at high tide on Thursday morning
EXiT REALTY OCEAN CITY March 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I agree with John H. The dialogue from both sides is good. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But, everyone should also be working for what is best for all of Ocean City Joseph Landicini, Broker 1301 West Ave. A-1 OCNJ 609-525-9901 Ext. 14
Liz March 05, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I don't agree that the merchants in the north should be punished. But the council sure should be punished. Get rid of the these guys who have been on council for years (Hartzell and Ping) only looking out for their business buddies in the north end. While special interest groups tried to destroy south end wetlands for a bike path (that could be easily accomplished without wetland impact) take a look who pushed for them and get those guys off council. And take a look at what this administration does now - will they rise to the occassion and help the south end or not?South end neglect has gone on forever - will Mayor Gillian change that? This situation hurts the town in its entirety, and it is about time the powers that be realize that you do not discriminate against an entire neighborhood without it hurting the whole town. But take a look at what has gone on with City Council and the decisions they have made and get rid of these guys who make decisions based on who promises them votes. (I hear that sometimes people make real fools of these candidates by promising both sides votes if they back their projects.)
ken March 05, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Ah, Bob Henry, What happened with your last accusation against Mr. Monihan? I see you removed that post from a previous article and all subsequent replies to it have been deleted. You should learn to check your facts before making accusations. The "punished" are those who continue to live in an area of this island that has been neglected for years. This is not the fault of business owners or homeowners living in other sections of this island and therefor they should not be held accountable. That said, as we write this, the city is feverishly bull dozing sand on the southend beaches. Why? Because these beaches were allowed to go unmaintained for years and now, noone seems to know how to resolve this. Seems Atlantic City was able to "cut through the red tape."
Sam Lavner March 05, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Bob Henry - Every house on this island is built on what were fragile beaches, dunes, maritime forest and wetlands. Does that disqualify everyone owning one of those houses from trying to protect what is left of those ecosystems? By your standard, one must be pure to legimately advocate a for a cause. By your standard, only people who have not broken a law can legitimately advocate for law and order. Lighten up. The southend beach replenishment people are making a case. Admittedly sometimes in a harsh manner, but how about arguing the merits of their case and not what you imagine to be their motives or dismiss it based on some misguided standard of purity.
Liz March 05, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Oh Bob Henry here you go again. The split personality - showing once again. Not being a "giver" this week? Making accussations against your neighbors instead of spreading charitable love? That's nothing new for you, the only thing surprising is the fact that now you are making accussations against men too - you usually only attack women (I realize when you are a little guy like you, men make you nervous and they probably really should) I am going to start a little committee, I think. Will you be Chairman? I know how much you crave attention. We could call it "The Committee to Preserve Special Interest in Ocean City." Then you could find the biggest idiots in town and get them to write letters to the papers for you making crazy accussations. You do know how to manipulate the lowest in the food chain, we've seen that. Have you gotten any help for your Narcisistic personality disorder? Appears not.
maxine obrien March 05, 2013 at 09:09 PM
jeeze
Frank March 06, 2013 at 12:54 AM
The comments should not be centered on personal accusations. Small town = Small minds ? Food for thought.
Kenneth P. March 06, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Anyone holding a public position (such as council person) should understand that they will be held publicly accountable for their actions as council representatives. And the electorate will be reminded of those actions if and when necessary. Anyone who is not in a public position, but insists on making personal, wild accusations, naming names, putting addresses on the Patch, writing letters to the paper with libel and slander, will also be held accountable - not in the same way but oh yes - they will be held accountable. And yes this is a small small town with some small minds - I have seen them in action - seen their letters in the local papers and comments on the Patch - food for thought. Guess you been thinking yourself, too.
ken March 06, 2013 at 01:27 AM
I live in the southend and agree 100% with you. that said, when does the southend get their beaches replenished? look at what happened to these beaches because they were not maintained as the northend beaches were. i in no way, want sand at the expense of those beaches in need in the northend. i simply ask for equal and fair services. watching the trucks out there the past two days, working feverishly, is sad. we told the city for over 2 years we have a significant problem. now we are told by the NJDEP and ACE: "Because of the small amount of beach left in the south end, Pakan said the project would require the dredge company to pile the sand and let the wind and waves move it into a more natural form. “It’s impossible to try and build a beach below water,” Pakan said." How did it ever get to this???? we called and called and called and no action was taken. That, is simply more than poor planning, it seems neglectful.
ken March 06, 2013 at 01:29 AM
The comments should be on one thing: BEACH REPLENISHMENT FOR THE SOUTHEND. every ocean city resident should be concerned. this is not north vs south, this is ocean city!!!
Frank March 06, 2013 at 01:36 AM
I am equally concerned about Southend beach replenishment. However, not every article is about this subject therefore should not be pointed back to this subject.
ken March 06, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Really, what part of this article is NOT about this issue? those are our beaches in the pictures above.
ken March 06, 2013 at 01:49 AM
and newell, quite frankly is rather insensitive to this fact. his comment to start this chain was immature pointless. i would tell him to go pound sand, but, well, there does not seem to be enough of that to go around.
OCLocal March 06, 2013 at 01:58 AM
What exactly are the bulldozers driving on and moving around then? Stop the hysteria. They'll lose some more sand with this storm but it will come back in the spring.
ken March 06, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Really. Well put. Pull the dredges out of the northend. Their sand will come back in the spring, too. Save everyone money.
Eric Sauder March 06, 2013 at 04:31 AM
This storm has everything to do with the south end beaches. Its going to test whether those beaches can withstand a nor'easter.
Eric Sauder March 06, 2013 at 04:32 AM
I agree. What is best for OC?
Eric Sauder March 06, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Perhaps Frank I wouldn't be so "misinformed" if you answered my questions?
Eric Sauder March 06, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Good luck to everyone on the south end.
Frank March 06, 2013 at 04:53 AM
The more I read all of your comments the more I wished the world had truly ended on 12/20...
Kenneth P. March 06, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Hey Frank, if reading these comments makes you wish the world had ended in December, I think you best not get USA Today and read about what is happening in the rest of the world. In the Congo, people are killing each other and in Mali Alqueda is cutting off people's arms and there is hunger in the USA - people don't have enough food and in China there is still horrible oppression and I could go on but don't want to push you over the edge. Get a grip --- Or maybe you just need anti-depressents?
Eric Sauder March 06, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Good point Ken. We tend to get so caught up in our own little world that we miss the bigger picture. There are so many worse things happening in this world. And look at the mess our national government is in. I guess I feel I can have some effect at the local level. Democracy sometimes works there. But how do you effect change at the national level? Global warming? How are we ever going to be able to deal with that? We can't even fund our own government.
Eric Sauder March 06, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I fianally got some sleep yesterday. I liked it so much I'm going to try it again today.
Robert (Bob ) Henry March 07, 2013 at 03:03 PM
To readers the OC Patch, there is another person named Bob Henry who has deep interest in the vitality of the South End of OC. That is me. My wife and I own a condo in the vicinity of 55th Street. Please do not confuse me with the author of prior comments submitted under the name Bob Henry. I am not a part of this dialogue. It is not my practice to post comments. Thank you.
Jenine March 07, 2013 at 03:27 PM
To Robert (Bob) Henry: Do not worry. We know who made those comments under the name Bob Henry - we know who made false accusations against people and put individual's addresses (taken off) on this posting. We know who it is and it is not the first time this person has done something like this (accusations, even threats) using various names. Other accusations concerning this topic have also been removed, thankfully. We know who it is as there has been a pattern of behavior for months even years and his name is not Bob Henry.

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