Forecasters caution of ‘nuisance coastal flooding’

“Nuisance coastal flooding” should be expected the next couple of days due to the combination of seasonally high astronomical tides and abnormally high sea levels.

Impacts may include flooding of beaches that are normally dry and salt water inundation on typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps, and other coastal infrastructure, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding is expected around the times of the afternoon high tide through the middle of this week.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “nuisance” flooding is flooding that leads to public inconveniences such as road closures. It is increasingly common as coastal sea levels rise.

For more information, visit www.tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov.

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