Weekend Storm Could Threaten South Jersey Beaches

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A storm system is expected to impact the New Jersey coastline this weekend, potentially leading to significant beach erosion. The concern arises from the possibility of twelve-foot waves in certain areas, which could damage the dunes, particularly in Ocean City, North Wildwood, and Avalon. As reported by CBS Philadelphia, the Executive Director of Stockton University's Coastal Research Center has expressed worry over the potential effects of the storm.

Dunes, present at many Jersey Shore beaches, play a vital role in protecting homes, businesses, and roadways from flooding when ocean waves become high and forceful. However, their integrity could be compromised due to the impending storm. North Wildwood and Sea Isle City, among others, have experienced such erosion in past storms.

In 2023, remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia were reported to cause high winds, flooding, and beach erosion along the Delaware and New Jersey beaches. It was a similar case with back-to-back storms a week apart that caused significant damage on beaches at the Jersey Shore, especially the barrier islands.

Erosion, damage to dunes, and tidal flooding impacts are assessed and forwarded to the State Office of Emergency Management and the Governor's Office, as part of the measures taken by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Up to an inch of rain is currently predicted to fall across the South Jersey Shore this weekend. Tune to 95.1 WAYV, 100.7 WZXL, 99.3 The Buzz, and 96.1 WTTH for the latest weather updates - or get the latest forecast on our weather page.

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