Barnegat Road Closed; Voluntary Evacautions Remain For LBI
Bayshore Drive in Barnegat has been closed to through traffic
Bayshore Drive in Barnegat has been closed to through traffic as southern Ocean County braces for the worst of the storm.
The road has been closed in the area of the beach and dock because of flooding and debris in the roadway, according to news reports.
Law enforcement is warning people against attemoting to drive around road closed barricades, or driving through standing water in the area of the bayfront. Some pockets of water on the roadway are deceptively deep and may conceal dangerous debris, according to news reports.
It is anticipated that Bayshore Drive will remained closed for the next several tide cycles, according to news reports.
Long Beach Island residents don't have to leave - yet - because of the Nor'easter. But maybe they should.
Long Beach Township, Beach Haven and other communities have issued voluntary evacuation advistories as "Saturn" approaches.
No such warnings or orders were issued for Barnegat or Stafford Township.
According to Accuweather:
Some people may be hit with flooding, wind damage or travel disruptions. A few folks could even be surprised by wet snow.
This will end up being the type of wind storm that can knock down some tree limbs and trees, perhaps taking some power lines with them.
Gusts in some locations could reach 50 mph.
Just about everyone from the Carolinas to Maine will catch some of the winds from the storm either on the front, back or middle of the storm.
The heaviest rain appears to be aiming from the northern Delmarva Peninsula and eastern Pennsylvania to Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Over a couple of inches of rain could fall in part of this region.
If this happens, there could be more than the usual concerns for urban flooding and travel delays, which appear to be an almost certainty in this case.
This time of the year, fallen leaves play a role in making roads and sidewalks extra slick. Leaf-clogged storm drains can result in street and basement flooding.
Small stream flooding is also possible with the remote chance of lowland flooding along some of the rivers. It all depends on how intense the rain is and for how long.
Right now, most places appear to be on track for 12 to 24 hours of heavy rainfall, which is probably "not" enough to have a flooding response from most rivers.
Only if the storm were to stall would river flooding unfold and would rain impact play at the NLCS in Philadelphia on Saturday.
For now it appears the storm will have departed by then, but gusty, cool winds may be an issue at Citizen's Bank Park.
The storm should be long gone for play in the Bronx during the ALCS next Monday.
This could be a perfect set up for serious coastal flooding in Boston and over eastern New England with strong onshore winds. Fortunately, the first quarter moon phase will not add to tide levels.