SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Above-average tide levels known as “king tides” reached as high as seven feet in some areas of Orange County Wednesday.
The National Weather Service forecast that above-average tide levels would be seen in the hours just after dawn until at least Friday.
The NWS forecast the highest levels for Wednesday, 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, according to the NWS.
A coastal flooding advisory will be in effect in those areas until Friday morning, along with a similar advisory for Los Angeles County beach communities like Long Beach, Playa del Rey, Venice and Malibu.
The NWS warned that beach parking lots and nearby streets and structures could be left briefly under water, while stronger rip currents would be present off-shore.
Affected 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, according to the NWS.
Seal Beach Marine Safety Officer Nick Bolin said sand bags are available at fire stations and lifeguard stations throughout the city if residents wanted to take extra precautions.
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