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High Tides Cause Island-Wide Flooding: How Long Will It Last?

High tide cycles on Monday started the week with significant flooding on local roadways and pushed the limits of dock lines on the few boats that remain in the water.

There was only light rain Monday, but tidal flooding was prevalent on both the island and the mainland. Water spilled over the finger docks at marinas, wreaked havoc on some boats which had to be dewatered, and prompted some traffic jams as vehicles navigated the crest of the roadway to avoid the deep spots.

According to the National Weather Service’s office in Mount Holly, the overall weather conditions will improve Tuesday, with sunny skies and a high of 52 degrees. The sun will remain out through Thursday. As for the seas, a small craft advisory remained in effect for Ocean County’s waters through Tuesday afternoon, with the next two to three high tide cycles likely to produce at least some minor flooding

A coastal low pressure system will continue to move off the Middle Atlantic coast Tuesday and head towards the Canadian maritimes. A weak wave of low pressure will cross the region Wednesday before moving offshore Thursday with high pressure building in behind it. Seas will be running 5-8 feet on Tuesday into Wednesday.

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