For the next few months, Monroe County could experience a “royal” pain as seasonal king tides are expected throughout the island chain.
King tides are unusually high tides that occur several times a year, usually in the fall, that can cause coastal tidal flooding, especially in low-lying areas.
Monroe County government is monitoring unincorporated areas experiencing these high tides, according to Kristen Livengood, the county’s public information officer. Residents and visitors should prepare for king tides, be aware of their surroundings and avoid driving on flooded streets, she said in a news release.
In coordination with the National Weather Service in Key West, the highest king tides are expected to occur Oct. 8-11, Nov. 5-9 and Dec. 4-6. However, king tide flooding can generally be anticipated anytime during the following dates: Sept. 17-20, Oct. 4-13, Oct. 21-23, Nov. 3-11, and Dec. 2-8.
The county advises checking the latest weather forecasts at http://www.weather.gov/key, and reminds residents and visitors heavy rainfall can add to king tide flooding, which can result in deeper water and additional hazards in streets and neighborhoods.
If done safely, residents can provide photos of property or neighborhoods experiencing tidal flooding to firstname.lastname@example.org with the address, date and time the photos were taken. Photos can assist in future planning and will become the property of Monroe County. By submitting a photo, residents agree to allow the county to use it in any manner the county desires.
To find tides in your area, visit https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/map/index.html. Put in a ZIP code, or city and state, and it will use the closest station data with the day’s tides as well as measured water levels.
Information on king tides can also be found at http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/kingtides.