The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement due to potential coastal flooding in Maui County from King Tides.
According to NWS, coastal flooding associated with King Tides will become a possibility each day going into the upcoming weekend, especially along south facing shores due to elevated surf. The best chance for coastal flooding impacts will be through the afternoon periods around the times of the peak daily tides.
Potential impacts include flooding of beaches that are normally dry, due to a combination of wave run-up from the surf along south facing shores and higher than normal water levels. Ocean water could also inundate the typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps and other coastal infrastructure through this time.
The potential for coastal flooding will begin to lower later in the weekend and early next week as the peak daily tides and surf steadily trend down.
NWS is requesting the public’s assistance in documenting the king tides by taking photos and entering them into the NWS database. Every photo that is entered into the database provides information about how future changes in sea level may impact our coastal areas (and some areas more than others). This will ultimately help to plan and prepare.
You can enter photos into the database manually or using the phone app. Details on how to submit images can be found here.