California beaches flooded today, after tides reached heights of about 8 feet. A flood advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Malibu, Venice, Long Beach and Playa del Rey. The warning is available from Monday to Friday so the danger hasn’t passed yet. More than that, the warning could be prolonged to the whole weekend.
As a consequence of the King Tides, parking lots and alleys near the Seal Beach have been flooded since morning.
King Tide occurs when a new moon or a full moon forms at the time that the moon is the closest to the Earth. The gravitational forces of the Sun and of the Moon influence tides on Earth and when the two are in alignment their gravitational pull combines, resulting unusually high tides. When the moon also happens to be at the closest point to the Earth, the high tides become King Tides.
The scientific term for the King Tides actually is ‘perigean spring tides’. Perigee is the name given to the times when moon is at its closest to the Earth.
Today Venice, CA was resembled the Italian city of Venice, with water almost overflowing footbridges over canals. San Diego and Orange County are believed to be the next areas underwater.
However, if the wind remains calm no major damage is expected. Until now, no damage to persons or houses has been reported but if the waves will go higher, the sea could reach further than the parking lots and alleys near the beach.
Charles Lester, director of the Coastal Commission of California rings and alarm bell, arguing that the unusual King Tides is a consequence of the global warming. He argues that someday soon what now is considered an extreme phenomenon will get to be the normal state of things.
This is not the only time the King Tides are expected in the near future. They will probably come back a week before Christmas and also during the last week of January.
Swimmers and surfers are advised not to go into the Ocean as strong currents might be forming during the King Tides. Also, people living in caravan parks and camping near the beach need to be prepared in case that the tides become stronger than previously predicted.
Residents living near beaches are advised to take precaution for protecting their property by purchasing sandbags from their local hardware stores.
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