One of the so-called “King Tide” events, where exorbitant tides flood coastal areas due to a combination of the summer solstice and the upcoming lunar phase, is expected to affect the Shore region next week. A king tide also causes high water flow which, in turn, can cause extremely low tides.
The National Weather Service has warned that flood-prone roads could be under water at high tide, and boats tied to docks should have enough slack in their lines to accommodate the higher water level at high tide. and at lower water level at low tide.
The royal tide scheduled for May 24-29, 2021 is expected to be the largest of its kind this year, according to the National Ocean Service, a federal agency within NOAA. Higher than normal high tides and lower than normal low tides will occur.
“Some of the mid-Atlantic will experience their highest tides of 2021 in May,” NOAA said in a statement. “Minor tidal flooding along the coast will occur, especially in low-lying areas. If a storm occurs at this time, increased levels of tidal flooding and coastal erosion may occur.
NOAA’s Coastal Flood Dashboard provides additional information on tidal flood risk.