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King Tides Expected to Bring Coastal Flooding to the Islands

Wave inundation at Honoapiilani Hwy. Other sections are actively undermined by erosion and waves. (Photo: UH)

Coastal flooding associated with King tides will be a possibility the next couple of days. The greatest potential for coastal flooding impacts will be during the mid to late afternoon hours through the weekend, when highest tides are expected. Visit tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov for more specific information about forecast tides and water levels in your area.

Waves generated by distant Hurricane Fernanda are expected to lead to increasing surf along east facing shores the next couple of days, and this may lead to greater wave run-up along exposed windward coastlines.

The National Weather Service has ISSUED a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for COASTAL FLOODING for MAUI COUNTY.

Impacts of the King tides may include flooding of beaches that are normally dry, salt water inundation of typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps and other coastal infrastructure. The potential for coastal flooding will diminish early next week as the peak daily tides diminish.

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