WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, high wind, high surf warnings for Delaware coast


IRSD schools closing an hour early

Due to inclement weather, Indian River School District schools will close one hour early on Thursday, Nov. 12. There will be no after school or evening activities, including adult education classes. Parents who reside in low-lying areas that are flooded must meet the school bus at a higher-elevation area to pick up their children. Otherwise, children will be transported back to the school for pickup.

A power outage was also reported at Selbyville Middle School on Thursday morning, but power had been restored before mid-day.

Right lane of Route 1 southbound closed

The right lane of Route 1 southbound on the south side of the Indian River Inlet Bridge was also closed Thursday morning due to high water. All traffic is using the left lane of the southbound side of Route 1 in that area. Minimal traffic delays can be expected because of the lane closure.

Ida remnants being felt throughout the area, caution advised

The remains of former Hurricane Ida are continuing to move up the Atlantic coast late this week, acting as a nor’easter that is expected to cause continuing and persistent east and north-east winds well into Friday, which will likely result in back-bay flooding, tidal flooding of low-lying roadways, downed tree branches and significant beach erosion.

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood, high wind and high surf warnings for the Delaware beaches and inland, running through Friday night. Property owners are being advised to secure loose objects around their homes to avoid damage. Motorists are being reminded to watch out for flooded areas and to not drive through those areas. Those near the shore are being advised to stay out of the water and off the dunes and any walkways that may have been undermined.

Areas around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Bay Bridge-Tunnel are also expected to see historically high tides as a result of the storm, and officials could close the bridge if winds increase to unsafe levels.

In Millville, Whites Creek at Old Mill Road had overflowed its banks and by 9:30 a.m. was nearing the level of the roadway. Near Dagsboro, Vines Creek also overflowed its banks and had surrounded the foundation of an adjacent home on Thursday morning. Flooded yards and portions of roadways are being reported throughout the area, as are downed tree branches.

In Roxana, in front of the Pyle Center, flooding adjacent to the center's entrance led one driver to drive their car into a flooded ditch. The driver said she hadn't been able to see the edge of the driveway and ditch due to the flooding.

Surf conditions on Thursday, while noted for above-normal wave heights, are being reported as poor throughout the area. Swimming and other activities in and near the bay and ocean waters are being discouraged, due to safety concerns.

Bethany Beach officials on Thursday said, “As is always the case with this type of storm, residents adjacent to the Loop Canal and Salt Pond should closely monitor the situation and be aware of rising water, particularly during high tides. Those residents should also be aware that back-bay high tides are later than predicted coastal high tides.

Predicted "Coastal" high tides for Bethany Beach through Sunday are as follows:

Thursday - 4:11 p.m.
Friday - 4:46 a.m. and 5:04 p.m.
Saturday - 5:36 a.m. and 5:52 p.m.
Sunday - 6:21 a.m. and 6:37 p.m.

Motorists should be aware of road and street closures as well as falling limbs, trees and other debris that may be on the roadway, Bethany officials advised.

Questions and concerns about the storm’s impact in Bethany may be directed to the Bethany Beach Police Department at (302) 539-1000.

To report significant damage, flooded roads, power outages and other storm-related problems to the Coastal Point, post a comment on this story, or call or e-mail the Coastal Point via our contact information on this site.

Issued by The National Weather Service
Philadelphia, PA
7:44 a.m. EST, Thu., Nov. 12, 2009

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST FRIDAY. A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST FRIDAY.

WITH HIGH PRESSURE TO OUR NORTH AND LOW PRESSURE TO OUR SOUTH... A STRONG AND PERSISTENT NORTHEAST FLOW IS EXPECTED ALONG THE COASTS OF NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE INTO THE WEEKEND. AS A RESULT... TIDAL DEPARTURES WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE. WIDESPREAD MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED FOR TODAY... WITH SPOTTY MODERATE FLOODING IN SOUTHERN DELAWARE AND IN EXTREME SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY. FOR TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY... WIDESPREAD MODERATE TIDAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED... WITH SOME SEVERE TIDAL FLOODING POSSIBLE IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN DELAWARE.

THE STRONG ONSHORE FLOW WILL NOT ALLOW WATER TO DRAIN FROM THE BACK BAYS OF NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE DURING THE NEXT FEW TIDE CYCLES. MANY ROADWAYS WILL BECOME FLOODED.

THE HIGH SURF WILL WORSEN ANY TIDAL FLOODING AND IT WILL RESULT IN MODERATE TO SEVERE BEACH EROSION. RAINFALL WILL ALSO COMPOUND THE TIDAL FLOODING.

FOR SANDY HOOK... NEW JERSEY ON THE BAY SIDE... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 353 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT APPROACHING 7 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 434 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF 7.5 TO 8 FEET MLLW. FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 451 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 7.5 FEET MLLW.

FOR MONMOUTH COUNTY IN NEW JERSEY... THE TIDAL FLOODING OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MAY BE THE WORST SINCE APRIL OF 2007.

FOR SEASIDE HEIGHTS... NEW JERSEY ON THE OCEANFRONT... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 323 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT APPROACHING 6.5 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 404 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 7.5 FEET MLLW. FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 421 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF 7 TO 7.5 FEET MLLW.

FOR ATLANTIC CITY... NEW JERSEY ON THE OCEANFRONT... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 342 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT APPROACHING 6.5 TO 7 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 421 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 7.5 FEET MLLW. FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 437 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF 7 TO 7.5 FEET MLLW.

FOR OCEAN COUNTY AND ATLANTIC COUNTY IN NEW JERSEY... THE TIDAL FLOODING OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MAY BE THE WORST SINCE MARCH OF 1996.

FOR CAPE MAY... NEW JERSEY ON THE OCEANFRONT... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 416 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 7.5 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 455 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT APPROACHING 8.5 FEET MLLW. FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 511 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 8 FEET MLLW.

FOR CUMBERLAND AND CAPE MAY COUNTY IN NEW JERSEY... THE TIDAL FLOODING OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY MAY BE THE WORST SINCE MARCH OF 1994.

FOR LEWES... DELAWARE ON THE BAY SIDE... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 456 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 7.5 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 532 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF 8 TO 8.5 FEET MLLW. FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 551 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF 7.5 TO 8 FEET MLLW.

FOR REHOBOTH BEACH... DELAWARE ON THE OCEANFRONT... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 357 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT APPROACHING 7.5 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 432 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT APPROACHING 8 FEET MLLW. FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 450 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT NEAR 7.5 FEET MLLW.

FOR SUSSEX COUNTY AND KENT COUNTY IN DELAWARE... THE TIDAL FLOODING OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MAY BE THE WORST SINCE THE WINTER OF 1998.

FOR REEDY POINT... DELAWARE... HIGH TIDE OCCURS AT 705 AM THIS MORNING WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 7.5 MLLW. FOR THIS EVENING... HIGH TIDE IS AT 728 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT AROUND 8 FEET MLLW. FOR FRIDAY MORNING... THE HIGH TIDE IS AT 800 AM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF AROUND 8.5 MLLW. FRIDAY EVENING'S HIGH TIDE IS AT 822 PM WITH A FORECAST HEIGHT OF 8 TO 8.5 FEET MLLW.

FOR THE UPPER PART OF DELAWARE BAY... THE TIDAL FLOODING EARLY ON FRIDAY MAY BE THE WORST SINCE HURRICANE ISABEL IN 2003.

CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO IMPROVE GRADUALLY OVER THE WEEKEND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING WATER AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.

DO NOT PARK YOUR VEHICLE IN A LOCATION THAT IS PRONE TO TIDAL FLOODING. ALSO... AVOID ROADWAYS THAT ARE PRONE TO TIDAL FLOODING.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA... PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND BEACH EROSION.

Issued by The National Weather Service
Philadelphia, PA
9:22 am EST, Thu., Nov. 12, 2009
... HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST FRIDAY...
A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST FRIDAY.
STRONG HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN PLACE OVER NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND AS LOW PRESSURE SPINS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST. THE DIFFERENCE IN PRESSURE BETWEEN THESE TOW SYSTEMS HAS CREATED A STRONG AND PERSISTENT NORTHEAST FLOW ALONG THE COASTS OF NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO AROUND 40 MPH AT TIMES WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH POSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT. ALTHOUGH STRONG GUSTY WINDS COULD CONTINUE ON FRIDAY... THEY DO NOT LOOK TO BE AS STRONG AT THIS TIME.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

High Wind Warning for Delaware Beaches, DE
until 6 am EST, Fri., Nov. 13, 2009

Issued by The National Weather Service
Philadelphia, PA
9:22 am EST, Thu., Nov. 12, 2009

... HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST FRIDAY...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST FRIDAY.

STRONG HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN PLACE OVER NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND AS LOW PRESSURE SPINS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST. THE DIFFERENCE IN PRESSURE BETWEEN THESE TOW SYSTEMS HAS CREATED A STRONG AND PERSISTENT NORTHEAST FLOW ALONG THE COASTS OF NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO AROUND 40 MPH AT TIMES WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH POSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT. ALTHOUGH STRONG GUSTY WINDS COULD CONTINUE ON FRIDAY... THEY DO NOT LOOK TO BE AS STRONG AT THIS TIME.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

POWER OUTAGES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE AREA