New wave of June ‘king tides’ rolls into the islands

A new wave of king tides has rolled into the islands this week as officials and businesses are bracing for their potential impact.

Coastal flooding associated with king tides will become a possibility each day going into the upcoming weekend, especially along south-facing shores due to elevated surf.

The best chance for coastal flooding impacts will be through the afternoon periods around the times of the peak daily tides.

Friday’s high tide peaks at 4:07 p.m. Hilton Hawaiian Village, which has canceled its weekly fireworks show in the past, says the show is still on schedule for Friday night.

Click here for schedule of the king tide predictions compiled by NOAA and the University of Hawaii.

Impacts may include flooding of beaches that are normally dry, due to a combination of wave run-up from the surf along south facing shores and higher than normal water levels.

Ocean water could also inundate the typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps, and other coastal infrastructure through this time.

Erosion is also possible with steady increase of water to be seen at the end of the week.

The potential for coastal flooding will begin to lower later in the weekend and early next week as the peak daily tides and surf steadily trend down.

The public is encouraged to help officials and researchers document the king tides by taking photos and entering them into a database to document king tides, compile and analyze data, and determine how future changes in sea level may impact coastal areas.

You can enter photos into the database manually or using the phone app.

Click here for step-by-step instructions.

King tide at Waikiki beach on Thursday, June 22, 2017

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