The Coastal Star

Along the Coast: High lunar tides flood parts of coast

As the moon was at its closest point to the Earth in late September, its strong gravitational pull

drew higher than normal tidal waters over seawalls and bulkheads along the coast. The annual

autumn event, called a ‘king tide,’ followed a rare total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27.  Higher tides (and flooding)

are expected again in late October. ABOVE: A television journalist wades through flood water along Marine Way in Delray Beach.

BELOW: Tidal water floods the boat ramp and parking lot at Sportsman’s Park in Lantana.

Streets near an unfinished construction project

at the Briny Breezes marina flood during a high tide.

Photos by Tim Stepien, Willie Howard & Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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