'King tides' may flood Orange County streets again
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- So-called "king tides" are expected to creep into coastal communities of Orange County again Friday morning, meaning there could be more street flooding, especially along Pacific Coast Highway.
On Thursday, Huntington Harbour overflowed onto PCH. Sunset Beach residents spent the morning sweeping water out of their homes. The city had to bring in pumps to get the water back into the ocean.
"We live in the harbor. My boat is out right in the front of my patio and it looked like it was sitting in my patio," said Sunset Beach resident Mark Williams.
It was a similar scene in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. According to the National Weather Service, king tides happen when the earth, moon and sun align in a way that increases the gravitational pull of the Earth's ocean, raising water levels several feet above the normal tide level. The term also refers to severely low tides. The tides have been higher than usual in Southern California due to the rainy weather.
On Friday, the king tides are expected to be as high as 6.83 feet and arrive at 8:55 a.m. PT in Newport Beach. In San Clemente, it's expected to reach 6.99 feet and arrive at 9:00 a.m. PT. In Long Beach and Santa Monice, it'll arrive at 9:06 am. PT and be as high as 7.60 feet. In Sunset Beach, it will arrive by 10:02 a.m. PT.
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