Publication Date November 15, 2016 | The Independent

The terrifying side effect of the supermoon

United States

One of the adverse effects of the supermoon is a stronger high tide due to the increased gravitational pull, however, and flooding has been seen in areas of Florida as a result.

South Florida saw heavy flooding hit coastal areas including Fort Lauderdale and Miami on Sunday and Monday. In these areas, the supermoon has increased the effect of the seasonal king tides, which occur one to two times a year, causing the lowest lying areas to be immersed in water.


While supermoons are fairly common – occurring every 14 months or so – this particular lunar event marked the shortest distance between the moon and the Earth that has been seen since 1948.