Tsunami-like waves hit New Jersey during Tuesday's storm

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

In a statement released Tuesday night, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey said, "The combination of the air pressure effect on the ocean surface and the speed at which the pressure disturbance travels can generate tsunami like waves in certain situations".

The National Weather Service said the weather-generated tsunami, known as a meteotsnuami, resulted in fluctuating water levels for several hours and was picked up on buoys off stretching from New Jersey up to southern New England. Hundreds of reports of downed power lines, crushed cars and damaged homes came into the U.S.

Meteotsunamis aren't necessarily new, but the exploration of them is.

A meteotsunami was recorded on tidal gauges in Woods Hole, Mass.


The abnormally high tides, called a "meteotsunami", lapped the coast from Perth Amboy in New Jersey to Delaware's Fenwick Island, the NWS said.

Officials say meteotsunamis are driven by air-pressure disturbances often associated with fast-moving weather events, such as severe thunderstorms, squalls, and other storm fronts. When conditions are right, meteotsunamis may occur in many bodies of water around the world, including the Great Lakes. An 11-year-old NY girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the vehicle she was in.

Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

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