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Storm Brings Chance of Coastal Flooding [AUDIO]

Though the winter has brought no shortage of snow, Thursday’s storm could be the first one to bring noticeable coastal flooding.

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Monmouth and Ocean, the two counties hit hardest by coastal flooding during Sandy, will be keeping a firm eye on the weather, but aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary.

“Whenever there is a definitive (decision) on what the weather is going to do, then we go and prepare for it,” said John Kirwin, Ocean County Office of Emergency Management deputy coordinator. “We make the announcement to all the agencies and try to fulfill any needs that they require.”

“We’ll keep an eye on the flood gauges and make sure that we’re prepared to do anything or do any actions that are necessary,” said Michael Oppegaard, director of the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management.

Oppegaard noted that while the dunes still show signs of damage from Sandy, they are in good shape for this point of the season.

“Although we’ve had some relatively repeated winter storms, they’ve haven’t brought any coastal flooding with them,” Oppegaard said.

Ocean County could see anywhere between two and four inches by its coast, while northern regions of Monmouth County could see six to eight inches. Minor or moderate coastal flooding is likely, especially during high tide on Thursday and Friday morning, with rain compounding the situation according to a briefing from the National Weather Service.

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