Tidal Floods Predicted for Sunday in Ocean City

first_imgForecast models for the weekend show Ocean City sandwiched between a clockwise-rotating high pressure system to the north and a counterclockwise-rotating system to the south. Ocean City will be in the gap this weekend between a slow-moving Atlantic storm making landfall in the Southeast states and a high-pressure system to the north.The combination may or may not bring rain to the region (still too early to tell), but it seems certain to sustain the strong northeast winds that the island has seen all week.The waves offshore are expected to peak at 7 to 10 feet on Sunday — at the same time full-moon tides peak. That could lead to flooding (which would only be intensified if it rains) during high tides (on the bay side at the Ninth Street Bridge) at 8:02 a.m. and 8:26 p.m. on Sunday.Residents and visitors on flood-prone streets should be prepared to move their vehicles to higher grounds. Even without the northeast swell pushing water into the back bays, the tide is expected to be about a foot higher than normal.Sustained northeast and east winds of 17 to 30 mph are expected through Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more