NOAA: Higher tides to bring potentially deadly ocean currents, flooding along coast

    A rip current is a narrow, fast-moving channel of water that starts near the beach and extends offshore through the line of breaking waves (National Weather Service)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Expected high tides in coastal areas across the country increase the likelihood of coastal flooding, potentially deadly ocean currents and sand erosion.

    Citing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the News & Observer of Raleigh reports that higher-than-normal tides are expected from July 12 to July 16, and the southeastern U.S. will see peak tides July 12 to 14.

    The change is attributed to "perigean spring" or "king" tides, which is when the moon is closest to the earth.

    NOAA says higher-than-normal tides are increasingly impacting coastal flooding because of the continued sea level rise.

    Maryland physical oceanographer Greg Dusek advises those on the east coast to be mindful of rip currents.

    A Kill Devil Hills man died while swimming in rough surf on July 7.

    Coastal areas near tide stations at Fort Pulaski, Ga.; Myrtle Beach and Charleston, S.C. could see the greatest chance of high tide flooding, according to NOAA.

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