Calif. sees unusually high 'king' tides

3:52 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - So-called king tides have brought localized flooding to several low-lying communities along the California coast.  

The unusually high tides Thursday caused some damage but otherwise were mostly a nuisance.  

In Orange County, the tide flooded Pacific Coast Highway, other streets and garages in the Sunset Beach section of Huntington Beach while down the coast Newport Bay was brimming.  

Just north of San Francisco, Thursday morning's tide swamped a commuter parking lot in Marin City and seeped into dozens of cars.  

King tides occur several times a year when the Earth, moon and sun align in a way that increases gravitational pull on the Earth's oceans, raising water levels several feet above normal high tides. The non-scientific term also refers to extremely low tides.

The Associated Press

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