In what could be a standard practice for each of the next few days, the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a coastal flood watch for the next high tide as the result of the "Ghost of Karen" nor'easter that will punish the east coast for the next few days.
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch for minor to moderate coastal flooding watch during the time of the afternoon high tide on Thursday, Oct. 10 for all of New Jersey south of Ocean County.
The afternoon high tide occurs between noon and 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Atlantic City. The high tide in the back bays is about 90 minutes later.
The watch area includes the bayside of Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties.
The watches were announced because of the anticipated effects of a long duration Ghost of Karen nor’easter which will hover off the east coast of the United States through the weekend.
The Ghost of Karen nor’easter will produce strong northeast winds through the next several high tide cycles.
Some forecast models say the onshore wind and heavy rain could last through the weekend and possibly into Columbus Day.
Currently, the National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain through at least Friday, Oct. 11. Four inches of rain is forecast to fall in Atlantic and Cape May counties.