Atlantic City coast hit by meteotsunami during severe storms

Ceria Alfonso
May 16, 2018

Manhattan may be drizzly and cool Wednesday, but it was a different story Tuesday when thunderstorms ripped across the Northeast killing at least three, stranding thousands of commuters in Grand Central Station and even touching off a "meteotsunami" along the New Jersey coast, the National Weather Service said.

Unlike typical tsunamis, which are large ocean waves primarily triggered by earthquakes, meteotsunamis do not occur because of seismic activity and are generally smaller than their quake-created counterparts, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They warned of effects along the south coast of MA and Rhode Island.

The National Tsunami Warning Center was monitoring the event Tuesday night, though nothing official has been released.

"These are very small events that have very little impact", said Dunham.

Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail leaving more then 200,000 homes
Atlantic City coast hit by meteotsunami during severe storms

In the United States, the best conditions for meteotsunamis, which research indicates are more common than previously thought, are along the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Great Lakes, the weather service said.

Abnormally high tides were reported in areas from Perth Amboy in New Jersey to Delaware's Fenwick Island.

Tide gauges reflected the meteotsunami as far south as DE, the Washington Post reported.

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