Hurricane Jose brings flooding, pier damage, crazy waves to Jersey Shore
BELMAR — Even without a direct hit, Hurricane Jose had an impact on the Jersey Shore during Tuesday morning's high tide.
New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said some flooding and water inundation issues were reported along tidal waterways, in addition to big waves battering the beaches.
No roads were reported closed in Ocean and Monmouth counties. High standing water was reported on Route 30 in Absecon.
"The ocean is angry. There's significant beach erosion but little water in the street, " North Wildwood mayor Patrick Romenello told New Jersey 101.5.
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty shared a picture of damage to a pier that had been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy. He said erosion was bad but "we believe we have enought beach now to keep the waves from Jose at bay."
Middletown Police Lt. Paul Bailey said a car became submerged in the area of Broadway and Main Street in the township's Port Monmouth when a driver tried to drive through high tidal water.
Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol spokesman Brian Devlin reported minor beach erosion so far and gusts up to 36 mph.
"The beaches are pretty banged up from the swells and the waves from the storm surge," photographer Zeke Orzach who follows weather for his work and enjoys surfing.
Compared to other storms, Orzach said Jose's flooding has been minor. Stores along the boardwalk sometimes take in 2-3 feet during comparable storms.
He noted that as the tide went back out in North Wildwood it took some sand applied in the spring.
"Jose is pushing a lot of ocean water toward the Jersey Shore. Our forecast calls for upwards of 2 feet of storm surge — that's enough to cause coastal flooding in the 'minor' to 'moderate' categories. In other words, the 'usual' low-lying areas will take on some water at high tide," Zarrow said.
Zarrow said water levels will need to be watched again during Tuesday evening's high tide cycle, and again both Wednesday morning and Wednesday evening.
Tuesday night's high tides begin after 7 p.m.
"As Jose stalls off of Cape Cod, we'll likely experience rough seas for the foreseeable future - right through the upcoming weekend," Zarrow said.
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