Coastal Storm Likely This Weekend

Our RPM model guidance shows a strong low-pressure system off the coast by late Saturday.

Our RPM model guidance shows a strong low-pressure system off the coast by late Saturday.

Winds will gust to near 50 mph off the coast of Delmarva Saturday as a strong coastal low develops in the Atlantic. Winds on the coast may gust to 45 mph, and we will see some coastal flooding. The exact track/intensity of the low is is still a bit uncertain, so conditions may be slightly worse or better. Gale Warnings are likely for all area waters Saturday and Sunday.

Model forecast of tides on Saturday currently indicate minor coastal flooding. A slight increase will bring moderate flooding, so we will watch the low pressure track closely.

Model forecast of tides on Saturday currently indicate minor coastal flooding. A slight increase will bring moderate flooding, so we will watch the low pressure track closely.

The amount of coastal flooding will depend on how long the onshore winds last. As the low passes by, the winds will turn to the NW, and this will end the coastal flood threat in most areas. As of now, high tides are expected to be around 2-2.5 feet above normal Saturday afternoon into Sunday. High tide in Ocean City is 3:15 PM Saturday, and again around 3 AM Sunday. Both of these high tides will be well above normal. High tide in the Delaware Bay is around 5 PM Saturday, and at 5 AM Sunday. Both of these will be well above normal.

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