JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coastal flood warnings, heavy surf, gale and inland wind warnings were posted along all of the Florida and Georgia coastal areas, including all inland tidal areas. The highest of King tides reached their peak and now will slowly subside.
One of the main impacts was the ever-increasing high tides. These were forecast to be this year’s king tides -- the highest high tides of the year. The reasoning is that during certain astronomical configurations of the Earth, Moon and Sun can add to tidal ranges. King high tides run about 6″-12″ higher than normal astronomical tides. Interestingly, low tides also run below their normal range, by about 6″-12.″ The result is for a far greater range from low to high tides.
Relaxing onshore wind will also allow for outgoing tides to “flush” back into the Atlantic Ocean. If you live along any inland tidal river, or creek, do expect decreasing threats of backyard flooding.
Atlantic Ocean high tides were higher than normal and reached the sand dunes with each high tide (there are two each day).
So far, we have seen moderate high tide flooding at Mayport and through areas of St. Johns County.
|Advisories/Watches/Warnings||Maximum impacts||Worst time||Length of impact|
|Coastal Flood Warning||Water levels up to 2′ above normal high tide||Saturday & Sunday Morning||Thursday through Sunday (4 days)|
|High Rip Current Risk||Expect large rips||Now through Monday||Thursday through Monday (5 days)|
|Heavy Surf Advisories||Surf running up to 7′||Saturday Morning||Thursday through Sunday (4 days)|
|Gale Warning||Coastal (offshore) winds to 50 mph||Saturday Morning||Friday and Saturday|
|Inland Flood (rain) Watch||Rainfall amounts could exceed 3″||Friday night to Saturday morning||Friday night through Saturday afternoon|
|Inland Flood (rain) Warning||Excessive localized downpours||Friday night to Saturday morning||Friday night through Saturday afternoon|
|*Note, no severe weather is expected|
|*Could be others, stay alert|
Notice: The impacts were strongest along area coastal locations, including all coastal counties in Georgia and Florida.
Here are the expectations for the upcoming nor’easter.
Yes, gusts could be that high along the beaches.