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Hawaii sees higher tides this week, but higher ones are yet to come

High tides send water into the streets of Mapunapuna, an area that frequently floods. (Image: Hawaii News Now) High tides send water into the streets of Mapunapuna, an area that frequently floods. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Forecasters say the state should expect to see king tides in July. (Image: Hawaii News Now) Forecasters say the state should expect to see king tides in July. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Remember when king tides dominated the headlines last summer? 

Well, they're back. Or — they will be.

From Wednesday through Saturday, Hawaii's expected to have higher than normal tides.

But officials say residents should expect this year's king tides to happen in July or August.

King tides are defined as the highest astronomical tides of the year, according to the National Weather Service.

The good news: This year, Hawaii isn't expected to see the incredibly high king tides it experienced in 2017.

Matthew Widlansky, associate director at the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center, said that the king tides of 2017 were exceptionally high because of the end of El Nino and the fluctuation of trade winds.

He said that those two factors are no longer occurring.

Widlansky does say that predictions of the tides may change depending on swells and eddys, a circulation or a swirl in the ocean. Factors like eddys, which are predicted on a weekly basis rather than a seasonal basis, can affect the sea level and damage to shores.

As of Wednesday afternoon, officials said this year's king tides could happen from July 12-15 and August 9-13.

But residents can still see the effects of higher-than-normal tides this week, including in Mapunapuna.

In the industrial center on Wednesday, several streets were flooded.

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