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Residents see high water levels across the state amid peak in king tides

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city needs to prepare for rising sea levels. (Image: Barbara Dittrich) Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city needs to prepare for rising sea levels. (Image: Barbara Dittrich)
HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Forecasters are tracking king tides and an incoming south swell, both of which have resulted in a rise of water levels statewide. 

Chelsea Ramelb, a Big Island resident, shared a picture of Hilo Harbor in the morning, where water was at normal levels. By Friday afternoon however, waters had almost reached the boardwalk.

"Friday was the day for the highest tides for this (king tide) cycle," said Bob Burke, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "We're in the new moon phase and the tides were predicted to be quite high."

Areas like Mapunapuna were among those most affected by the king tides this round, but Burke says that king tides should drop in the coming days as the current cycle ends.

"The surf heights have dropped since hurricane hector started moving farther away from the islands," Burke said.

The UH Sea Grant College Program was collecting pictures of coastal areas they're familiar with for the Hawaii and Pacific Islands King Tides Project.

"The photographs and the observations that people send in really help us to understand King Tides, but also what future sea level rise might look like along our coastlines," said Maya Walton, program leader for the U.H. Sea Grant College Program.

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