Morning High Tide Comes and Goes along Belmar Beachfront

When high tide rolled onto the Belmar beach at 8 a.m. on September 20, waves broke far enough into the ocean to cause no flooding near the Taylor Pavilion. Credits: Cathy Goetz
The end of the Belmar Fishing Club pier was damaged by the crashing waves caused by Hurricane Jose as it moved northward September 19 off the Jersey coast. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Shortly after arriving at the Belmar beach around 8 a.m. at high tide on September 20, two individuals with bodyboards had second thoughts and decided not to enter the ocean. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — High tide rolled onto the Belmar beach at 8 a.m. today, with what appears to be no incident. 

While the white-capped waves spilled strongly onto the shoreline, they broke far enough into the ocean to cause no flooding, except for some small puddling that snaked near the Taylor Pavilion at Fifth Avenue. And although there was some beach erosion, no sand had washed or blown onto Ocean Avenue as it does during extreme weather conditions.

As now-Tropical Storm Jose continues to whisk its way northeasterly, the Belmar Fishing Club’s pier, which was damaged by its hurricane-charged wind and waves yesterday, September 19, will soon be assessed.

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Sometime after yesterday morning’s high tide, a horizontal stringer beam and several pilings were knocked out when the waves crashed onto the pier at its farthest point into the Atlantic Ocean. The pier was rebuilt two years ago after it was wiped out during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for Monmouth County through 1 a.m. on Thursday, September 21. A high rip current risk remains in effect until this evening, with waves breaking between 4 to 6 feet.

The next high tide along the Belmar oceanfront is between 8 and 9 p.m. today, increasing the potential for minor coastal flooding.

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