Higher tides expected along North Carolina coast

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Expected high tides in coastal areas across the country increase the likelihood of coastal flooding, potentially deadly ocean currents and sand erosion.

Citing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the News & Observer of Raleigh reports that higher-than-normal tides are expected from July 12 to July 16, and the southeastern U.S. will see peak tides July 12 to 14. The change is attributed to “perigean spring” or “king” tides, which is when the moon is closest to the earth.

NOAA says higher-than-normal tides are increasingly impacting coastal flooding because of the continued sea level rise.

Maryland physical oceanographer Greg Dusek advises those on the east coast to be mindful of rip currents.

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