King tides arrive bringing potential for coastal flooding

King tides have arrived on the central coast bringing both joy and concern, but also some rough surf conditions that have lifeguards on high alert this holiday weekend as travelers begin to pour into the Monterey Peninsula. The National Weather Service issued an alert regarding the King tides, warning that they could bring coastal flooding. Park rangers are heeding that warning. At Seacliff State Beach, they put campers on notice that they will have to move to higher ground come Sunday. “They caught us yesterday when we come back from shopping and said we gotta move up to the parking lot up on top of the hill by noon Christmas Day because I guess they expect a major tide,” said Melvin Bradley, a camper visiting from Fiddletown. The King tides also bring extreme low tides and boaters being warned to watch out for shallow waters. At the Santa Cruz harbor, some boaters couldn’t put their boat in the harbor Friday afternoon because the tide was so low. But the rare tides also bring large swells and dangerous rip tides. Beach goers advised to use caution if entering the water, especially young children. “With big waves like this I mean definitely if he’s out there he’s like holding on to one of us or on our shoulders or something, the sea can definitely be kind of sketchy,” said Sam Kay who was barbequing hot dogs at Twin Lakes beach with loved ones. “With warmer than normal temperatures expected this weekend and vacationers beginning to arrive in droves for the holiday weekend, lifeguards are on high alert. The warning; never turn your back on the ocean. “Because waves can sneak up on you and get you the second you’re turned away so if you keep your eyes on the waves then they can’t sweep you away. Those rip currents are strong they’ll take you all the way out there,”said Corina Cagle who was enjoying the beach with her son her Hunter and Kay.On the flip side, King tides were just what surfers craved. At Marina State beach Friday morning, it was a surfers’ paradise. “This is our time of year this is our holy grail time of year for surfing, with the wind the swell this is what we look for. You know for people that don’t know nothing about it though yeah stay back don’t go to the shark’s table stay back in the kiddy pool,” said surfer Michael Royster. Good advice for anyone who’s not a good swimmer or familiar with local surf conditions. The King tides were expected to peak on Friday but will be lingering around through the holiday weekend

King tides have arrived on the central coast bringing both joy and concern, but also some rough surf conditions that have lifeguards on high alert this holiday weekend as travelers begin to pour into the Monterey Peninsula.

The National Weather Service issued an alert regarding the King tides, warning that they could bring coastal flooding.

Park rangers are heeding that warning. At Seacliff State Beach, they put campers on notice that they will have to move to higher ground come Sunday.

“They caught us yesterday when we come back from shopping and said we gotta move up to the parking lot up on top of the hill by noon Christmas Day because I guess they expect a major tide,” said Melvin Bradley, a camper visiting from Fiddletown .

The King tides also bring extreme low tides and boaters being warned to watch out for shallow waters. At the Santa Cruz harbor, some boaters couldn’t put their boat in the harbor Friday afternoon because the tide was so low.

But the rare tides also bring large swells and dangerous rip tides. Beach goers advised to use caution if entering the water, especially young children.

“With big waves like this I mean definitely if he’s out there he’s like holding on to one of us or on our shoulders or something, the sea can definitely be kind of sketchy,” said Sam Kay who was barbequing hot dogs at Twin Lakes beach with loved ones.

“With warmer than normal temperatures expected this weekend and vacationers beginning to arrive in droves for the holiday weekend, lifeguards are on high alert. The warning; never turn your back on the ocean.

“Because waves can sneak up on you and get you the second you’re turned away so if you keep your eyes on the waves then they can’t sweep you away. Those rip currents are strong they’ll take you all the way out there,”said Corina Cagle who was enjoying the beach with her son her Hunter and Kay.

On the flip side, King tides were just what surfers craved. At Marina State beach Friday morning, it was a surfers’ paradise.

“This is our time of year this is our holy grail time of year for surfing, with the wind the swell this is what we look for. You know for people that don’t know nothing about it though yeah stay back don’t go to the shark’s table stay back in the kiddy pool,” said surfer Michael Royster.

Good advice for anyone who’s not a good swimmer or familiar with local surf conditions.

The King tides were expected to peak on Friday but will be lingering around through the holiday weekend