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‘King Tide’ Causes Flooding in Orange County

King tides occur several times a year when then Earth, moon and sun align in a way that increases the gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans. king-pic

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Residents in coastal Orange County are dealing with more flooding as unusually high king tides continued on Friday.

kingpicSUNSET BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Residents in coastal Orange County are dealing with more flooding as unusually high “king tides” continued on Friday.

Friday morning’s high tide was expected to arrive at 8:55 a.m. and to go as high as 6.83 feet.

Homes along Huntington Harbor in Sunset Beach were inundated with water on Friday morning.

The high tide sent water over the sea wall and onto Pacific Coast Highway, where the first lane was under about a foot of water.

Many residents had prepared for the water with sand bags and their own pumping systems.

King tides occur several times a year when the Earth, moon and sun align in a way that gives the seas an extra gravitational kick onto the shore.

The tides did damage on Thursday when they reached a record high of 8.4 feet, flooding streets, homes and businesses in Sunset Beach. There was also flooding in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

Free sandbags were being offered for residents of Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach if they bring an ID and a shovel.

Residents in coastal Orange County are bracing for the possibility of more flooding as unusually high king tides continue Friday.

A so-called King Tide is being blamed for flooding in several coastal communities in Orange County on Thursday. Sara Welch was in Newport Beach Thursday with more.

An unusually high tide, also called a “king tide,” caused flooding on the Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach Thursday.

NEWPORT BEACH (KTLA) — A sking-tide-pico-called “King Tide” is being blamed for flooding in several coastal communities in Orange County on Thursday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting high tides along with rip currents for local beaches and all along the West Coast.

The alignment of the earth, moon and sun is giving the seas an extra gravitational kick onto the shore, which can cause flooding in low-lying areas.

Early morning flooding was reported in Sunset Beach, Huntington Harbor and Newport Beach. The tide peaked at about 8:15 a.m.

KTLA’s Sky5 was overhead of flooding along Marcus Ave. in Newport Harbor, as well as at Newport Blvd. and 26th Street.

The high tide forced the closure of westbound Pacific Coast Highway at Warner Ave. in Sunset Beach.

In Long Beach, officials were encouraging residents who live near the coast to prepare for possible flooding.

City crews were performing inspections and maintenance to make sure that catch basins have been cleaned out and all pump stations are working.

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