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King tides to peak in South Florida this week

Miami Beach waging a battle against sea level rise

Miami Beach has put into action an aggressive and expensive plan to combat the effects of sea level rise. The city is rolling out its plan of attack and will spend between $400-$500 million over the next five years doing so.
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Miami Beach has put into action an aggressive and expensive plan to combat the effects of sea level rise. The city is rolling out its plan of attack and will spend between $400-$500 million over the next five years doing so.

Flood-prone areas of South Florida are expected to once again deal with rising water as the annual king tide rolls in Tuesday and Wednesday.

A supermoon powered an early high tide in late September that flooded parts of South Florida, but forecasters expect the normal to make for a soggy next few days in low areas from the Keys to Fort Lauderdale.

According to tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Virginia Key station, three-foot high tides are expected to swell in the Miami area around 9 p.m. Monday night, then again at 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. In Fort Lauderdale, slightly higher tides are predicted to rise around 8:30 p.m Monday, then at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Scientists say the king tides have gotten worse in recent years as the effects of climate change are gradually showing through sea level rise.

This week, the Miami Herald published a two-part series on sea level rise. Part one explores the engineering and costs behind efforts to combat sea rise in Miami Beach. Part two examines the way climate change can alter the make up of South Florida’s water.

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