Public warned of possible coastal flooding as Hawaii sees unusually high tides

Public warned of possible coastal flooding as Hawaii sees unusually high tides
A round of king tides hit parts of Maui earlier this year (Image: Asa Ellison)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Forecasters are warning of the possibility of coastal flooding along Hawaii shores this week as the state sees abnormally high tides.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement, warning of the event.

The highest tide is expected Wednesday morning, but the elevated levels will continue through Friday.

Officials said beaches and low-lying roads could get flooded. The state Department of Transportation said their crews are ready to respond to any areas that may be affected by flooding.

On Oahu, roads that are typically affected by coastal flooding include Farrington Highway, in Nanakuli and Makaha, and Kamehameha Highway, from Hauula to Kualoa. On the Big Island, it’s Bayfront Highway in Hilo. On Maui, it’s Honoapiilani Highway, between Ukumehame and Olowalu. And on Kauai, it’s Kuhio Highway near the Hanalei Bridge and at Waikoko.

The tides are expected to hit more than 2.5 feet in some areas during peak times, which will happen mostly during the early-morning hours.

The high tides are expected to last through Friday.

Impacts include coastal flooding that could threaten roads, docks, boat ramps and coastal infrastructure.

This story will be updated.

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