Oct 13, 2016

King tides arriving in South Florida with extra swell from Hurricane Nicole

Miami, FL
USA
by
Joey Flechas and Cresonia Hsieh
,
Miami Herald
Water pools in a parking garage at 1441 Lincoln Rd. Wednesday evening during high tide. Photo: Valerie Navarrete
Water pools in a parking garage at 1441 Lincoln Rd. Wednesday evening during high tide. Photo: Valerie Navarrete

The annual king tides are beginning to rise in South Florida, submerging docks, flooding low-lying streets and spilling over seawalls.

The tides are not expected to peak until Monday, but offshore winds from Hurricane Nicole are causing local water to swell about a flood over predictions, giving the region a preview of the rising tides.

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A March 2016 study found that more than six million Floridians are at risk if the sea level rises six feet by 2100, a worst-case scenario.[1] The most conservative estimate of three feet by 2100 could displace 4.3 million.