Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The first of four days of above average tide levels was expected to hit Orange and San Diego counties early Tuesday.

The National Weather Service forecast that the first of the so-called King Tides, the highest astronomical tides of the year, would be seen in the hour after dawn, with a high tide of 7.4 feet expected at 7:12 a.m.

The highest level of the week will be Wednesday, the NWS said, with a level of 7.6 feet at 7:51 a.m., followed by 7.5 feet on Thursday at 8:31 a.m., and 7.3 feet at 9:12 a.m. Friday.

Orange County’s Seal and Sunset beaches were considered the most susceptible to localized flooding, the NWS said, while La Jolla, Cardiff, Oceanside, South Mission and Imperial beaches were likely to experience some inundation in San Diego County.

The NWS warned that beach parking lots and nearby streets and structures may be briefly under water, while stronger rip currents would be present off- shore.

Those areas were likely to face more severe issues Wednesday, with on- shore winds and three- to four-foot surf compounding the impact of the higher tide, the NWS said.

The official coastal flood advisory goes into effect at 4 a.m. and expires at midday Friday, the NWS said.

Seal Beach Marine Safety Officer Nick Bolin said sand bags would be available at fire houses and lifeguard stations throughout the city if residents wanted to take extra precautions.

— City News Service

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