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Unexpected high tides cause flooding again in Miami Beach

This chart provided by NOAA shows the predicted tides in blue and the preliminary observed tides in red over the past five days in Miami Beach.
This chart provided by NOAA shows the predicted tides in blue and the preliminary observed tides in red over the past five days in Miami Beach. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

High tides rose above predicted levels Thursday, causing some unexpected flooding in low-lying portions of Miami Beach.

“Our guests are very angry,” said Carlo Rizzuti, front desk agent at the Alden Hotel on Indian Creek Drive. “They’re coming in with wet feet. We’re receiving them with towels.”

After seawater again spilled onto Indian Creek Drive Thursday evening, Beach police were forced to close southbound lanes around 8 p.m.

An astronomical high tide occurred last week, with a supermoon tugging at the ocean. The next highest tide is expected to come around Oct. 28.

But waters rose above predicted levels Thursday morning and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

“[On Wednesday] it jumped up, relative to predictions, by one third of a foot,” said NWS meteorologist Robert Molleda.

The city of Miami Beach and NWS received reports of water pooling at storm drains near Dade Boulvard and Purdy Avenue, along Indian Creek Drive and around Alton Road and First Street.

Molleda said factors like winds and currents can push a tide higher than expected. But because Thursday was a calm day on the water with little rain, forecasters were unsure of what was influencing tide.

“It’s hard to say what’s causing this,” he said.

According to preliminary readings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Thursday night’s high tide came in at about 3 1/2 feet — a foot higher than predicted.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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