Rainfall amounts are expected to total from 2-4 inches, with up to 6 inches possible in some local areas. (Image courtesy of AccuWeather)

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Sea Isle City as Elsa moves over the region.

The fast-moving system is expected to affect Sea Isle from Thursday evening through Friday morning. The main threat is from heavy rainfall – with 2 to 4 inches predicted and up to 6 inches possible in spots. At this time, southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are predicted.

Tidal waters are not expected to reach flood levels, according to the forecast.

“There is little to no threat of storm surge flooding. Rough surf, coastal erosion, and life-threatening rip currents are possible,” according to a weather alert issued by the Sea Isle Police Department.

Residents and visitors are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions. Flooding from heavy rain can impact parts of the island that don’t typically experience tidal flooding. Downpours associated with the storm could flood streets, and flooding could be worse during high tides.

Be prepared to move vehicles well in advance of high tides or downpours. For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.

Ocean conditions are expected to become dangerous as the storm approaches. Swim only at beaches guarded by the Sea Isle Beach Patrol, and stay out of the water if the beach patrol closes beaches.

Loose objects on your property should be brought inside or secured. All contractors are asked to secure job sites.

Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day on Friday. The weekend forecast calls for sun and light wind.

For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-263-4311.