Ocean City Dodges Storms on Tuesday Evening

first_imgFlooding from a summer storm on Thursday (July 10) in Ocean City, NJ, covered streets and swamped cars.Despite National Weather Service watches for severe thunderstorms and flash floods throughout the region on Tuesday evening, Ocean City weathered the storm with no major rainfall, wind or hail.In a special weather statement issued on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service had warned that a line of powerful thunderstorms could pass over coastal New Jersey between 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday (July 15).The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Ocean City through 9 p.m. Tuesday and a flash flood watch remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday.Forecasters predicted 1 to 3 inches or more of rain could fall in a brief period of time and that the storm could be accompanied by lightning, damaging wind and hail.But by the time the severe thunderstorm watch was lifted at 9 p.m. less than a half-inch of rain had fallen in Ocean City after a brief round of thunderstorms passed. Areas of Ocean County appeared to be hit much harder with heavy rain.A “severe” thunderstorm includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph and/or hail of at least one inch in diameter, according to NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon. A “watch” indicates possibility/likelihood, while a “warning” indicates the actual presence or imminent threat.Ocean City saw extensive street flooding in a summer storm that dumped about 4 inches of rain in a few hours on Thursday, July 10.The storms on Tuesday night passed at a mid-tide. Low tide on the flood-prone bay side of Ocean City came at 5:31 p.m. and high tide at 11:41 p.m.The Mummers Night entertainment on the Ocean City Boardwalk scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday was cancelled due to the weather.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more