BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As Hurricane Florence continues to churn closer to the Southeast coast, Belmar is preparing for high winds, rough surf and dangerous rip currents the massive storm is expected to bring to the Jersey Shore later this week.

Department of Public Works employees were out along the 1.3-mile beachfront Tuesday, September 11, moving beach lockers to Schroeder Park at First and Ocean Avenues, where beachgoers can being to remove their belongings several days before the September 15 deadline. In securing both the beachfront and marina, bathrooms have been closed and trash cans removed.

DPW workers were also cleaning out leaves and debris from stormwater catch basins in flood-prone areas of the borough in preparation of more heavy rains.

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In addition, both Silver Lake and Lake Como have been lowered so they can both receive as much rainfall as possible. And in anticipation of continued flooding in the lower-lying area of Route 35 near L Street, motorists are asked to be alert and utilize alternative routes as needed.

In terms of trash collection, residents are being advised of the following:

  • • There is no bulk pickup this week; however regular trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled.
  • • There is no brush pickup this week, so do not place brush at the curb and make sure it is not loose on your property.

According to the National Weather Service, New Jersey is not in the direct path of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall some 500 miles to the south by Thursday or Friday. However, it will be responsible for prolonging the current unstable weather pattern that is projected through the end of the week.

Dangerous rip currents and rough surf are already being experienced along the Jersey Shore, with breaking waves of 5 to 8 feet reported in the surf zone. In addition, a coastal flood advisory is currently in effect. The weather service’s latest briefing at 5 p.m. on September 11 can be obtained by clicking here.

The latest forecast for Belmar and Lake Como from the National Weather Service:

Today: A chance of showers with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog after 2 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy with a low around 72. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8 a.m. Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 a m. Mostly cloudy with a low around 71. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy with a high near 76. East wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2 p m. Mostly cloudy with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.