A coastal storm is expected to roll into the Jersey Shore Wednesday evening into Thursday, bringing the potential for multiple inches of rain, strong winds and tidal flooding.
The National Weather Service said in a forecast statement early Wednesday morning that minor tidal flooding will begin to occur at the evening high tide Wednesday and continue at high tide periods through Thursday. The Thursday morning high tide could bring moderate flooding, the statement said.
In Brick, high tide at the Mantoloking Bridge will occur at 1 p.m. Wednesday and 1:09 a.m. Thursday. At Beaver Dam Creek, high tide will occur at 11:21 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
The bulk of the heavy rain from the storm system will arrive Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the forecast said, with the possibility of between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall.
Winds will be gusty on Wednesday, sustained between 13 and 20 m.p.h., the weather service said, and gusts could reach as high as 40 m.p.h. early Thursday as the storm rolls through from south to north.
The weather service also warned of the possibility of strong rip currents and heavy surf which could lead to beach erosion from Wednesday through Friday. A small craft advisory was in effect for Wednesday as well as a gale watch. Seas could reach 6 to 9 feet in the ocean during the storm, an advisory said.