City of Ocean City, NJ – Office of Emergency Management– www.ocnj.us
Special Weather Statement: 10 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020
The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Ocean City until further notice.
The forecast calls for sustained southerly winds of 45 mph to 60 mph with gusts up to 75 mph from Tuesday morning (Aug. 4, 2020) through Tuesday afternoon.
The NWS also has posted a Flash Flood Watch warning of widespread amounts of 4 to 6 inches of rainfall with locally higher totals possible – from 10 p.m. Monday evening (Aug. 3) through midnight on Tuesday night. A High Surf Advisory will be in effect on Tuesday with waves up to 10 feet possible.
These advisories come as Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to take a track that will pass inland of Ocean City on Tuesday.
Residents and guests are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions. Please don’t be caught off-guard. Heavy rain flooding can impact parts of the island that don’t typically experience tidal flooding, including the beach blocks. Downpours associated with the storm could flood streets, and flooding could be worse during high tides at 9:04 p.m. Monday, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Be prepared to move vehicles well in advance of these tides or downpours. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read this letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).
For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.
Ocean conditions are expected to become dangerous as the storm approaches. Swim only at beaches guarded by the Ocean City Beach Patrol on Monday, and stay out of the water when the OCBP closes beaches on Tuesday.
Loose objects on your property should be brought inside or secured. All contractors are asked to secure job sites. Driving conditions could be hazardous, and power outages are possible.
Please write down the following emergency contact numbers for local utility companies should you experience outages or other problems during the storm:
- Atlantic City Electric: 800-833-7476
- South Jersey Gas: 888-766-9900
- Comcast Cable: 800-COMCAST (800-266-2278)
The utility companies recommend you contact them directly as soon as you experience a problem so that they can properly track outages and repairs.
For Police & Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.