SMITHVILLE, N.J. - Flooding has been reported along the coast of New Jersey as a low pressure system spins off the East Coast, creating high surf, rip currents and flooding from the Carolinas into southern New England.
In a video posted to Twitter, high water can be seen pushing onshore in the Oyster Creek area of Smithville, New Jersey, on Saturday afternoon during high tide.
As the week continues, the jet stream will be parked well to the north and is expected to remain in place.
High pressure will also be located over Maine and Canada’s Quebec province. The clockwise spin around the high will combine with the counterclockwise winds around the low-pressure system, generating persistent northeasterly onshore winds.
The winds will produce high surf and rip currents along the East Coast until at least the middle of the week.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding will become a concern at times of high tide beginning Sunday morning from the Jersey Shore to North Carolina as these strong northeasterly winds blow the water toward the coastline. Large, persistent waves will also cause severe beach erosion.
Coastal flood alerts have been issued until Tuesday as the system continues to spin off the coast.
Coastal Flood Advisories are in effect from central New Jersey south through Delaware and into Maryland.
Coastal Flood Warnings are in effect in Virginia from Virginia Beach to the north. Washington, D.C. is also under that warning.
Because of the threat of rip currents, you're advised to use caution if you have beach plans on Mother's Day or any day next week. According to the National Weather Service, an average of 60 people are killed by rip currents each year in the U.S. So far this year, rip currents have already been blamed for 14 deaths.