King Tides Likely to Bring Coastal Flooding this Week

King tides return later this week and will likely bring several rounds of coastal flooding.

King tides are forecast for November 4th through November 8th as the moon approaches the new phase.

King tides occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun combine to produce the greatest tidal effects of the year. King tides bring unusually high water levels during high tide, and can often times lead to local tidal flooding. Existing weather patterns can often times make coastal flooding worse.

In Myrtle Beach, the average high tide range is about 5.5 feet, whereas during a King Tide event the high tide range may reach 7 feet or higher. A 7 foot tide marks the beginning of minor coastal flooding. Moderate coastal flooding begins when tides reach 8.5 feet and major flooding starts at 10.5 feet.