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The King Tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year, which occur in the spring and fall seasons. These tides typically occur a few times each year and can often cause flooding in coastal and low-lying areas. Severe flooding may result if King Tides coincide with poor weather conditions such as heavy rains, strong winds, or big waves.
As per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tide predictions, King Tides will occur on the following dates this fall:
- September 26 – October 3, 2019
- October 25 – 31, 2019
- November 24 – 28, 2019
Residents are encouraged to use the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Level Rise Viewer. The map allows users to zoom into the overall Miami-Dade County area or your specific neighborhood. When you click on the “flood frequency tab” you will see areas in red that are vulnerable to King Tide flooding.
Please take the following safety precautions to mitigate the effects of King Tides:
- Move vehicles to higher ground before King Tides begin.
- Do not walk through flood water. It can be a health hazard and certain dangerous animals or items may be hiding beneath. If you do walk through any floodwater, wash your hands, clothes and pets immediately.
- Do not drive through flooded areas, either. It can be dangerous and can damage your vehicle. Please find an alternative route if you must drive at the moment.
- Follow all posted road closure and detour signs.
- Boaters should be aware that high tides cause lower clearance under bridges – check the tide before leaving the dock.
- Construct a barrier, such as a floodwall, to stop floodwater from entering your home or business.
- Relocate electrical panel boxes, water heaters, furnaces, washers and dryers to elevated locations.
- Be careful around manhole covers, as they can become dislodged by the high tides.