USA – Storm and High Tides Bring Coastal Flooding to New York and New Jersey

Parts of New York and New Jersey saw coastal flooding after high tides combined with a storm off the north-east coast of the USA.

Minor flooding was reported in parts of Suffolk County, New York and along parts of the Jersey Shore including Ocean City and Long Beach Island, New Jersey, after high tides on 10 and 11 October, 2019. Roads were swamped and some buildings flooded.

The National Hurricane Center named the coastal storm Subtproical Storm Melissa on 11 October. As of early 12 October, Melissa was located about 235 miles (375km) south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, with maximum sustained winds of around 50 mph (85 km/h).

NHC said ” On the forecast track, Melissa will gradually move away from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.”

However, NHC also warned of strong winds, rough surf and further coastal flooding.

“Minor to moderate coastal flooding will occur along some portions of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England coast today around times of high tide,” NHC said.

Track of Sub-tropical Storm Melissa, October 2019. Image: NHC

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