Fresh round of king tides likely to bring more floods

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another round of especially high king tides are expected to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday, and the sea level increase could mean flooding for some low-lying areas on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Sea levels were expected to have risen by nearly 2.5 feet before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, slightly less than the record highs that were set earlier this summer.

Tides could increase by as many as three feet in Hilo. University of Hawaii researchers say the higher-than-normal tides are becoming more frequent – and that flooding is only expected to get worse.

The higher levels are the combination of an oceanic eddy moving through from east to west and a king tide.

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