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The waters are set to rise on Delaware’s coast this weekend

University of Delaware/Delaware Sea Grant

A low pressure system is expected to strengthen over Delmarva Thursday night with areas of rainfall at times between then and Saturday evening. This may cause moderate to major coastal flooding, both along the Atlantic coast and the Delaware Bay.

Meteorologist Lee Robertson says the rainfall will be heaviest on Thursday, but the weekend high tides will bring the flood.

“We aren’t expecting much in the way of flooding due to the actual rainfall but we are expecting coastal flooding to occur. Could begin as early as Friday morning,” said Robertson.

Friday’s tide cycle won’t be as significant as Saturday’s. The Saturday morning high tide is around 10 a.m. and will reach 8.5 ft. for Bowers Beach and 8.2 ft. for Lewes. The tides that evening will be similar.

“In the morning Friday there could be some residual areas of high water, but the Saturday morning and Saturday evening high tides look to be the highest at this point,” said Robertson.

High winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour are also expected this weekend for much of Delaware.

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