A major nor’easter threatens to bring some of the worst flooding seen at the Jersey Shore since the 1990s, according to the National Weather Service.
Virginia already has declared a state of emergency, with some schools closing and waves nearly 20 feet high at Norfolk.
Power outages, closed roads and 50-m.p.h. gusts were reported in North Carolina.
A commercial fishing boat sank about 20 miles east of Cape May last evening, and the Coast Guard searching for the three missing people has faced swells up to 15 feet and winds up to 50 m.p.h.
Along the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, “many roadways will become flooded,” as the threat grows from minor today to moderate tomorrow, “with some severe tidal flooding possible in parts of Southern Delaware,” according to the National Weather Service.
High surf could also cause “moderate to severe beach erosion,” the service stated.
A coastal flood warning, in effect through 11 p.m. tomorrow, states that the flooding could be the worst in Cape May County since March of 1994, the worst in Atlantic and Ocean Counties since March of 1996.
“The strong onshore flow will not allow water to drain from the back bays of New Jersey and Delaware during the next few tide cycles,” the warning states.
Minor flooding is also likely in communities along the Delaware River, in Philadelphia and Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Delaware Counties, according to an advisory in effect through 3 a.m. Saturday.