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Get prepared for possible high King Tides in Kitsap County
Date: November 20, 2023
(Port Orchard, WA) - At this time of the year, the combination of abnormally high tides, heavy rain, and the gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon can cause a phenomenon known as King Tides. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts possible higher ‘King Tide’ levels on certain days between November and February in Kitsap. Kitsap County and the Department of Emergency Management urge residents to prepare for potential flooding.
“The most important thing shoreline property owners can do is stay informed by learning about flood prevention and how to respond to flooding,” says Jan Glarum, Director of Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management.
Residents can find actionable preparation tips on the flooding information page at the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management website, kcowa.us/flooding. Information and resources for what to do during a flooding incident and what to do after the flood water subsides can also be found.
“Residents are urged to check into flood insurance coverage, gather emergency supplies, and sign-up for emergency information alerts. These are just a few of the many tips we suggest on our flooding information webpage. You can never be too prepared!” continues Glarum.
The NOAA predicts possible flooding from ‘King Tides’:
A King Tide is colloquially used to describe an extremely high tide. Ordinary tides are caused by the gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon; King Tides happen when astronomical events amplify that pull. While astronomical events are one factor that affects tidal height, other factors such as weather, topography and seafloor features (bathymetry) also play a role. Learn more about King Tides at the Washington King Tide Program webpage.
Stay informed by signing up to receive inclement weather information and preparedness tips by email and text through the Kitsap County Electronic Notification System. Also subscribe to KitsapALERT for the Department of Emergency Managements Community Warning System.
Dave RasmussenPublic Information Officer/Public EducatorKitsap County Department of Emergency ManagementDRasmussen@kitsap.gov - 360.307.5874
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