first_imgThe shore is expected to escape the heavy snowfall that will hit other parts of New Jersey during the storm. (Courtesy of National Weather Service) The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon. The NWS also issued a High Wind Watch for Wednesday night.The Coastal Flood Watch predicts water levels in the range of moderate flooding. The forecast anticipates a water level of 6.7 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale for a high tide at 9:55 a.m. Thursday on the bay side of Ocean City. The original forecast had called for a water level of 7 feet. Either level would represent the highest Ocean City tide in more than two years. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare that prediction to recent and historic tide levels.The latest forecast calls for a major storm to bring heavy rain and sustained northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 55 mph, in addition to a higher-than-normal astronomical tide. These factors would contribute to flooding conditions.Street flooding is likely prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Vehicles should be moved from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).Please monitor the forecasts and check back here for updates as the predictions may change for better or worse as this weather system approaches.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. Secure loose items on your properties. City crews are out clearing storm drains in advance of the storm, but storm preparation can include making sure inlets near your home are clear of debris.For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more