BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As Hurricane Dorian brushes the New Jersey coast today, Belmar and Lake Como can expect high winds and possible flooding, as well as rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the beachfront.

Winds gust may reach as high as 45 mph along this area of the Jersey Shore, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a high surf advisory beginning at 2 p.m. today, September 6 through 10 a.m. tomorrow.

As a result, 6- to 10-foot breaking waves will cause beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions, the weather service said. Minor coastal flooding is also expected as the high tide rolls in today at 1:58 p.m. There also is a small craft advisory in effect along the Monmouth and Ocean coastline .

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The Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management has issued a “code red” alert, advising residents to secure all outdoor items and dial 911 in emergency situations.

The Belmar Department of Public Works employees were out yesterday securing the beach and marina in preparation for the storm. Along the 1.3-mile oceanfront, this included removing the ticket booths, beach attendant boxes, most lifeguard stands and boxes, the lifeguard sheds from Sixth Avenue, trash cans and ashtrays. At the marina, boats were secured, temporary boat ramp arms removed and the fuel system generator was checked.

DPW workers also cleared debris from all catch basins and sewer lines, and removed loose tree branches and brush.

Sunny skies are expected to return tomorrow — just in time for the 17th Annual Fallen Heroes 5K Memorial Run along the banks of Lake Como, Belmar’s two-day fall yard sale and the 15th Annual Autism Beach Bash on Sunday. The Veterans Beach Bash scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed since today’s weather prevented the organizers from setting up for the first-ever event.

For a detailed summary of the National Weather Service’s latest briefing issued at 6 a.m. today, September 6, click here.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Breezy, with a northeast wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: Scattered showers, mainly before 3a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 62. Windy, with a northeast wind 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

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