Storm Toby Update First Day Of Spring Flooding
The first high tide was not that bad there has been moderate tidal flooding in all the usual spots for the inland bay communities. DelDOT is set up and ready for route 1 to flood, because it isn’t if, at this point, but when. At midnight is the next high tide, roughly around 1 to 2 AM is when you should be concerned about that area (route 1) flooding again, the same goes for the back bay area. Most of us will be asleep and will wake up to low tide,and hopefully low water.
The biggest issue will be the high tide at noon on Wednesday, that is the tide everyone needs to worry about. With the amount of water that is already “piling” up in the inland bays. Expect route 1 to flood over and possibly close. The beaches have a good amount of water pushing up against them, so expect sand erosion. I hope we don’t see any breaches, but that is certainly possible tomorrow during high tide.
The last storm pushed a lot of sand up onto the beaches so that is helping. Depending on how long the surf beats on the beach and washes over it, will determine how much sand gets washed back out.
The Broadkill river is already over her banks at high tide in Milton, which is typical. The street near the parking in town is flooded because the rain water can not drain due to the high tide level. That is one of the issues with bay communities the rains flood the saturated ground and then it can’t drain until tide goes out. Ponding water is an issue on the roads.
Marine Forecast …
SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…
A pair of low pressure systems will merge into one large coastal
low Wednesday. This low will lift northeast away from our region
Wednesday night into Thursday. High pressure builds in to start
the weekend. Another low pressure system may approach our region
early next week.
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-
344 PM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018
STORM WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas
10 to 15 ft. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
8 seconds. Rain.
NE winds 30 to 35 kt with gusts up to 55 kt, becoming N
25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt in the late morning and
afternoon. Seas 12 to 17 ft dominant period 10 seconds, subsiding
to 10 to 15 ft dominant period 10 seconds early in the afternoon.
Rain. Snow and sleet early in the afternoon, then snow late. Vsby
1 NM or less in the afternoon.
N winds 25 to 30 kt, becoming NW 20 to 25 kt after
midnight. Gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 9 to 12 ft, subsiding to 7 to
10 ft early in the evening. Swell mainly from the E with a
dominant period of 10 seconds. Rain and snow early in the
evening, then snow likely in the late evening and overnight. Vsby
1 NM or less, increasing to 1 to 3 NM in the late evening and
NW winds 20 to 25 kt, diminishing to 15 to 20 kt late.
Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a
dominant period of 10 seconds.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas
4 to 6 ft.
NW winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas
3 to 4 ft.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then around
3 ft after midnight. A chance of showers. A chance of snow
showers after midnight.
NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of snow
showers in the morning. A chance of showers.
NE winds around 15 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. A chance of
showers in the evening.
Tides Indian River Inlet …
Conditions at Buoy 44009 as of (2:50 pm EDT) 1850 GMT on 03/20/2018
DELAWARE BAY 26 NM Southeast of Cape May, NJ