Coastal flooding forecast for central, southern Delaware

The National Weather Service has alerted Delawareans to be alert to hazardous weather today through Friday given the area of low pressure anchored off the mid-Atlantic coast.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. today to 11 a.m. Thursday, with a coastal flood watch from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. The alerts affect central and southern Delaware as well as southern New Jersey. Strong winds also are expected.

Weather service officials said 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level is possible in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.

They recommended the following precautions given the tidal flooding expected:

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal flooding.

Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be deeper than you think it is. You will be putting yourself in danger and your vehicle may be damaged, leading to costly repairs.

Be prepared to begin taking appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials. Be sure to check the latest forecast as new information becomes available.

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