Both Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. and Ocean Gate Mayor Paul Kennedy have held off issuing either voluntary or mandatory evacuations of flood-prone areas in their towns.
"Our Office of Emergency Management is comfortable based on latest information from the National Weather Service not to ask for voluntary evacuations at this time," Amato said shortly after 5 p.m. "We have officers checking the low-lying areas every hour to report the water levels. The next high tide is 6 p.m. We will continue to monitor, and address accordingly."
"We are keeping a close eye on the tidal waters," Kennedy said.
But Amato recommends that residents in live in low-lying areas move their cars to higher ground and avoid driving on flooded streets. Residents can use the lower parking lot at Central Regional High School off Forest Hills Parkway in Bayville to park their cars if need be, he said.
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning for high tides early this evening and tomorrow morning. Widespread minor tidal flooding is expected tonight; widespread moderate flooding is expected tomorrow morning.
Superstorm Sandy hammered the Glen Cove, Good Luck Point and Toms River Shores sections of Berkeley and areas of Ocean Gate on Oct. 29. Many residents in those areas are still unable to return to their homes.
The National Weather Service also issued a winter storm warning. Here's what you can expect tonight and tomorrow:
- Tonight: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 10 p.m. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. Windy, with a north wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.New snow accumulation of one to three inches is possible possible.
- Saturday: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 9 a.m. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing.