A slow-moving Nor’easter is expected to churn out 2 to 4 inches of rain and bring localized floods in some areas of the state over the next several days, the National Weather Service said.
The storm – which contains some remnants of Tropical Storm Karen – is expected to bring the worst flooding to Southern New Jersey, where the coastal flooding around high tide is expected to reach moderate levels, according to the service.
The flood threat lessens in Ocean and Monmouth counties, according to the service, where minor coastal flooding is expected, but moderate is possible.
Gale force wind conditions – gusting at 40 to 45 mph. at the coast, 20 to 35 mph inland -- are likely along portions of the Atlantic Coast. Prolonged northeast winds will cause seas to build up to 12 feet offshore, with waves in the surf zone building to 6 to 8 feet, the service says.
The flooding and heavy wave action may bring minor to moderate beach erosion during high tide, the service says.
The service urges people to avoid leaving vehicles at locations prone to tidal flooding and to not drive through flood waters because the water may be deceptively deep.
A gale warning is in effect for coastal waters off Ocean County and a small craft advisory covers coastal waters off Monmouth County, the service says.