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New Moon's King Tides To Continue To Affect Parts Of South Florida

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The change of seasons every year also brings the King Tides. The sun and moon line up perfectly to pull a little harder on the water's surface, submerging boat ramps and pushing water into streets and yards everywhere.

September, October, and November each new or full causes higher than normal tides. Friday morning October 8th will see the highest tide following the new moon two days prior to that.

"Every year about 2 or 3 times it comes out like this. But today was surprising to see," said Isreal Oregga.

He launched his boat knee-deep in water at Haulover Marina.

"I'm going out to the sand bar which I normally do but it's probably not going to be there," he added.

The tides are easy to avoid. Flooding only lasts for an hour or two around high tide which happens twice a day. After that aside from a few puddles, it's back to normal.

The higher water levels can also act as a test to see how systems put in place to combat rising sea levels are working. Pumps and raised roads and sea walls can keep or get the water out, but underground is another problem. Higher water levels make septic systems work less. With sea-level rise, today's high tide could be tomorrow's normal.

Friday morning, October 8, will be the highest tide this month.

The November new moon will see another period of high tides, the highest around November 7 in the morning.

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