Few Days Of Flooded Beaches And Inland Bays

Expect inland bay and beach flooding from nor’easter conditions for the next four days’ high tide cycles

Today into this weekend we will be treated to total nor’easter conditions. The beaches are flooding to the dune lines at high tide already. The inland bays are overflowing in the usual areas. The next four days of high tide will be an issue for the beaches and the back bays especially. Water will stack up in the inland bays pushed in and held by wind. Full moon high tides are not going to help either. Would not surprise me to see a dune breach.
Why don’t we have nor’easter parties like we have hurricane parties? Oh wait we already do it’s called happy hour.

Rehoboth beach 6:30 Pm Sue Sokira an hour from high tide.
Rehoboth beach 6:30 PM Sue Sokira an hour from high tide.

Even thought it is nice out (sunny), windy as hell, but nice. We are going to see some serious water on the beaches and filling up the inland bays. Nothing we aren’t used to this time of year, but the first storm of the year always puts everyone in check. It is like the first snow of the year, everyone gets excited, worried, can’t drive, and by March they are fed up and tired of snow … Yeah, Yeah, Yeah it’s snowing, big deal, is it spring yet?

Rehoboth beach 6:30 Pm Sue Sokira an hour from high tide.
Mariners cove, ever wonder why trash gets into the waterways> this is a good example … Driscoll Drones

Same goes for nor’easters, the first one is usually the “panic mode” storm and then they keep occurring and everyone is like … here comes the flood waters … again, pass the taters, gas up the generator, do we have enough beer?
Folks who just moved here freak out the most, “Does it always get this bad?” Yes, yes it does, load up on food and booze, then simmer down and relax!
Meanwhile the locals start reminiscing about the storm of 62, if they were alive at the time, or talk about what their parents told them about that week. Then the pictures are posted and they tell everyone to calm down, and they are right. Nor’easters are bad but a way of life on the east coast.

Rehoboth beach 6:30 Pm Sue Sokira an hour from high tide.
Long Neck road at Mariners cove .. photo by Driscoll drones

Despite your feelings on these storms, it is always good to be cautious and have a plan in place for loss of power to getting the hell out of dodge. A storm like the one in 62 would do some serious damage today. We’ve had a few storms in the past decade that have been pretty crazy, but nothing like 62. Dune breaches and the like are always a concern and have been an issue before.

The road in Milton flooded today at high tide if that is any indication how much water we are already seeing.

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Rehoboth beach 6:30 Pm Sue Sokira an hour from high tide.
Mariners cove Thursday morning at 11 AM just at the peak of high tide. This will get worse over the next few days .. Driscoll Drones

Be on the lookout for closed park and town beaches, especially the drive on beaches before and after high tide. There is a foot plus of water washing to the dunes at high tide this evening. The breach at Gordons pond is spilling into the marsh. The breach at the point is pooling in the dunes. The water is fast and can be dangerous to wade. Debris can sweep you off you feet. Boards with nails are especially dangerous. Be mindful of your surroundings. We fished a tournament in a nor’easter a few years back in the spring and it was brutal, people losing balance, swept into rip currents, and almost drowned. Conditions for War On The Shore were half of what this weekend will bring.

However this weekend will be nice and sunny out with lots of wind, big waves, and high water. Fishing will be a chore to say the least, but you can catch fish in that fast water. Better to find an out of the way place and chill in the back waters. Except the creeks and bays will overflow making it difficult to fish. You will be able to crab in the streets of Oak Orchard by Saturday if not earlier. That was a fun time a few years ago, picking up a bushel of crabs in the street. Just another day in the life of a nor’easter.

Fish On!
Rich King

Tides Indian River Inlet

2019/10/10Thu12:52 AM0.57L
2019/10/10Thu07:06 AM2.67H
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2019/10/10Thu7:30 PM3.01H
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2019/10/11Fri8:06 PM3.01H
2019/10/12Sat02:00 AM0.46L
2019/10/12Sat08:22 AM2.91H
2019/10/12Sat2:12 PM0.41L
2019/10/12Sat8:39 PM2.98H
2019/10/13Sun02:29 AM0.42L
2019/10/13Sun08:57 AM3.02H
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2019/10/13Sun9:12 PM2.94H
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2019/10/14Mon09:32 AM3.11H
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2019/10/14Mon9:46 PM2.89H

Marine Forecast … Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm- Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm- 629 PM EDT Thu Oct 10 2019

…GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT…

.TONIGHT…N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 8 to
11 ft. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
12 seconds. A slight chance of showers late this evening and
overnight.
.FRI…N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 8 to
11 ft. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
12 seconds.
.FRI NIGHT…N winds 20 to 25 kt, diminishing to 15 to 20 kt in
the late evening and overnight. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 8 to
11 ft, subsiding to 6 to 9 ft late. Swell mainly from the NE with
a dominant period of 12 seconds.
.SAT…N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming NW
5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 8 ft, subsiding to 4 to
6 ft late. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
11 seconds.
.SAT NIGHT…NW winds around 5 kt, increasing to 5 to 10 kt after
midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
.SUN…N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.SUN NIGHT…S winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming SW after midnight. Seas
3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.
.MON…SW winds around 5 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.
.MON NIGHT…S winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming W after midnight. Seas
around 3 ft.
.TUE…NE winds around 5 kt, becoming SE in the afternoon. Seas
2 ft or less.
.TUE NIGHT…S winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then around
3 ft after midnight. A chance of showers after midnight.

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