The Super Moon was not only a sight to behold, it’s also having a major impact on coastal cities. High tides are bringing water on shore, flooding communities along the coast. Everywhere from Delaware to Florida, water overtook roads and homes causing major damage.
High tide closed Hwy 80 this morning between 7:40 and 8:40 AM. Hwy 80 is now open in both directions now.
— City of Tybee Island (@cityoftybee) November 14, 2016
Tides are the regular rise and fall of the sea surface caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun and their position relative to the earth. About three or four times a year (in the spring and the fall), the new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon—the point when the moon is closest to the Earth.
These occurrences are often called ‘perigean spring tides.’ NOAA’s 2016 High Tide Bulletin predicted the current rises knowing that the Super Moon was coming. Just one month ago, coastal residents of the southeast were sitting in the same boat.
Coastal flooding continued Tuesday morning with advisories in effect for the Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina coasts.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos
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