Jose’s Round Two: ‘Unbelievable Waves’ and Beach Erosion
TRENTON — Tuesday night’s high tide brought more high water and crashing waves to the Jersey Shore.
Tuesday night's high tide was the peak of Jose's surge and swell, according to WPG Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow.
"The images illustrate what an extra 2 to 3 feet of ocean water will do," Zarrow said.
North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said "unbelievable waves" crashed onto his city's beaches on Tuesday night. "Beach erosion was severe. Bayside flooding was minor to moderate."
The National Weather Service reported dunes covered by water in North Wildwood and Ocean City. The George Redding Bridge was closed in Wildwood. Water came over the seawall in Cape May. Ocean Drive in Avalon also took on high water in video.
The evening tide was higher than the morning tide, according to photographer Zeke Orzech. "The previous morning tide was barely in the minor stage. The evening tide was in the moderate range. Locals were prepared and moved their cars to higher ground. Police in Stone Harbor blocked passage on 3rd Ave from 94st to 80st because it was impassable," Orzech said.
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty in a tweet said water covered part of the beach in his Monmouth County community. "Looks like a good amount of beach erosion," the mayor said. The pilings of an ocean pier repaired after Superstorm Sandy were damaged during Tuesday morning's high tide.
In northern Monmouth County, pictures show high standing water in Avon, Brielle and Manasquan, as well as Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, and Sea Bright.
Zarrow said Jose will steadily move away from New Jersey's coastline on Wednesday, but will still spit some ocean water back at us.
"Minor to moderate flooding is possible once again during Wednesday morning's high tide cycle beginning at 8 a.m. There will be some water inundation issues and some potential road closures, but Wednesday's conditions should be an improvement over Tuesday's," Zarrow said.
"The ocean will remain ferocious for some time to come, with both Tropical Storm Jose and Hurricane Maria contributing to big waves through at least early next week," Zarrow said.