Coastal residents and business owners in South Florida are preparing for the likelihood of flooding that goes along with area King Tides.
The scientific occurrence comes when the sun, earth and moon are aligned. The event can also happen during a new moon cycle or full moon.
Coastal Broward County and areas such as Miami Beach and could begin seeing flooding as soon as this evening.
The high tides along the Hollywood coast are projected tomorrow around 8:20 a.m. as well as near 8:30 p.m. The Miami area should experience high tides at 7:44 a.m. and 7:59 p.m.
Experts say that the best opportunity for the coast to deal with flooding are Friday and through the weekend and they caution drivers and residents to be watchful and not drive or walk through flooded areas.
Both September and October brought King Tides to So FL, but forecasters believe this weekend may prove to produce the highest water levels of all.
The rising ocean levels have local governments scrambling to secure funds to help keep properties and roadways dry.
Miami Beach has absorbed a staggering $600 million in order to purchase giant pumps and build massive sea walls and roadbeds. Next week, Miami residents will vote on whether to approve a $400 million bond issue, with 50% of those dollars tagged for expanding storm drainage, seawalls and other projects to hold back the ocean.
In order to keep sea water from reverse flowing into storm sewers, Fort Lauderdale has installed 133 tidal valves.