Wednesday, November 07, 2012

SIA Newsletter 11 6 2012 - Nor'easter Coming; Folks in Need; Facebook; Strathmere Blog

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

We had hoped to make this a Newsletter reviewing the "Superstorm", with pictures, but that edition will have to wait...


Here's the latest on the Nor'easter tomorrow, from the Dan Skeldon (Channel 40 Weatherman) Facebook Page:

RAIN: A cold, windswept rain will likely develop by Wednesday morning, be steadiest in the afternoon and evening, then taper off to showers Wednesday night, perhaps lingering into early Thursday morning. Rainfall of two inches is expected along the coast.

WIND: Northeast winds will increase overnight
with gusts to 40mph toward sunrise, windiest on the islands. Winds shift to the north later Wednesday and continue to ramp up, with 55-65 mph gusts possible along the shore in the afternoon/evening. Winds shift to the northwest overnight and stay very brisk, but the strongest winds will have passed. Nevertheless, 50 mph gusts still possible through the night.


TIDAL FLOODING: Two rounds of moderate tidal flooding expected, with the early Wednesday afternoon and overnight Wednesday high tides. Moderate tidal flooding is expected with both of these cycles, NOT the major to record levels we saw with Sandy. However, moderate tidal flooding still has an impact, with streets/yards flooded, road closures, etc. in the normally susceptible locations. Obviously any flooding will have a negative impact on Sandy recovery efforts.

High tide times of concern are:
Wednesday afternoon: 1:30 pm; Wednesday night: 2:30 am
Since the full moon occurred during Sandy, we are fortunately in between the full and new moon right now. So tides are astronomically lower compared to last week. However, moderate flooding is still forecast with tidal departures of +2-4 feet expected. And with the persistent onshore wind...water levels may not recede much between the two high tides of concern.

High minor or low moderate tidal flooding will mean Bayview Drive will definitely be flooded from north of Webster to south of Tecumseh. Two inches of rain could mean flooding on Commonwealth and add to the tidal flooding. Move your cars accordingly.


The Township Public Works Department, which did such a wonderful job from Sandy through the weekend, got their communications wires crossed today and did not pick up the (flooded building) debris and piles of meadow grass along the streets. They've apologized for this and promise to be out early Wednesday morning to pick all that up. Let's hope they beat the worst of the storm...


Strathmere People in Need
Strathmere has many people who are fairly "well-off', but we also have folks on low or fixed incomes who struggle to stay in our island paradise without the added burden of a crippling storm.

We have heard from and spoken with many people who want to know how they can help those in Strathmere / Whale Beach who are truly in need.

Spurred on by Dave Townsend and his family, the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club (SFEC) began trying to address this. The SFEC was quickly joined by the SIA, the Fire Company and the Citizens' Organization. It is anticipated that these groups will work together quickly to provide a mechanism to receive donations, identify true need and distribute funds to deserving Strathmere folks. Stay tuned for more details and we'll let you know how you can help.

Thanks in advance!


As many of you learned during the storm, Facebook is a wonderful way to quickly share information (and pictures) in near real time.
and "like us" (click the "Thumbs Up" box at the top of the page.)
Not only will you get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere, but you'll stay informed in times of storms, etc....


Many of you also learned to access Carol Baker's Strathmere Blog - - to keep up with what was happening with the storm. Check it out!


Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:

*SFEC Meeting Saturday, November 17, 4:00 pm (Rescheduled from November 10)
*SFEC "Last Cast Tournament", Friday - Saturday, November 23 - 24
*Strathmere Community Christmas Party, Saturday, December 8, 6:00 pm
*SFEC Elections and Christmas Meeting, Saturday, December 15, 4:00 pm
Let us know of additions or corrections!



Thanks for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver

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