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King Tide, High Surf Update: May 26

May 26, 2017, 10:12 AM HST
* Updated May 26, 10:16 AM
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The National Weather Service has issued an extreme high tide and high surf message on Friday, May 26.

The NWS reports that unusually high tides, also known as “King Tides,” may cause dangerous flooding conditions along all shores of Hawai‘i Island from today through the Memorial Day weekend before gradually subsiding next week.

This extreme high tide will be in combination with dangerous high surf caused by large southerly swells.

Due to the King Tides and high surf, coastal areas, beaches, low-lying roads, boat ramps and harbors may be dangerously impacted—especially during the high tide periods, which occur in the afternoon and late evening hours.

These expected high surf and King Tide conditions will cause higher beach run-up, flooding and erosion.

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Because of these dangerous conditions, the following precautions should be taken: oceanfront residents, beachgoers and boat owners are advised to be on the alert for possible high and dangerous surf, strong currents and beach flooding.

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As a precaution, consider canceling or suspending coastal water activities until potential dangerous hazards are over.

As always, precautionary actions should be taken before nightfall.

While there are no closures of roads or beaches at this time, be aware that these may occur without notice.

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Check BigIslandNow.com for updates.

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