King Tides Hit California Coast, Bringing Possible Flooding, Dangerous Rip Currents

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King tides are expected along California’s coastline Tuesday, causing flooding and possibly bringing strong rip tides for the next four days.

The unusually high tides, which occur near the solstices, can create a dangerous situation at beaches as warm sea surface temperatures cause water levels to rise dramatically, according to the National Weather Service.

Water levels will rise above 7 feet through Friday at Northern and Southern California beaches, with the highest tides expected Wednesday and Thursday.

“King tides are bit higher than you normally expect,” said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

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