High tides expected to cause flooding through the holiday weekend
HAMPTON - High astronomical tides will occur over several cycles along the New Hampshire seacoast from Thursday into Memorial Day, causing flooding in vulnerable areas.
The tide will reach 10 feet during each of the next five nights. Levels near or above 10 feet are enough to flood susceptible neighborhoods around Hampton Harbor.
Just last month, a high tide maxed out at 10.0 feet, and flooded neighborhoods in the Back Bay section of Hampton.
Any surge on top of these already high tides would lead to more widespread issues.
A storm offshore may make matters worse Thursday night. The potential exists for more significant flooding and erosion in some areas from the New Hampshire seacoast to Cape Ann.
This round of high tides will not reach the levels seen during last fall's unprecedented 'king tides', which reached levels of 11 to 12 feet.
The highest tide will be Friday night, peaking at 10.9 feet early Saturday morning.
Midday high tides will be less than 10 feet. The tides of greatest concern will occur during the overnight hours.
NH1 News will monitor the situation throughout the weekend.