Posted on 7/10/2023 by Will Dieter

What are King Tides in Pawleys Island?

Pawleys Island occasionally experiences a natural occurrence known as King Tides. These higher-than-normal tides, which typically coincide with full or new moons, may result in tidal flooding.

King Tides, also referred to as spring tides, are a product of the gravitational forces exerted by the sun and moon on the Atlantic Ocean. They occur when the sun, moon, and Earth are in alignment during the full or new moon phases. The gravitational pull during these periods creates higher tides, which may result in tidal flooding in low-lying areas, including certain parts of Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach.

During King Tides, the water levels rise above the normal high tide mark, potentially causing flooding in vulnerable areas. Pawleys Island, can experience washovers that breach the sand dunes and rise above sea walls to inundate nearby roads. It is important to note that the duration of King Tides typically lasts for about two hours before and after the high tide.

Safety Tips to Navigate King Tides:

  1. Avoid driving through floodwaters: It is crucial to exercise caution and avoid driving through floodwaters, as they can be deeper than they appear. Even a relatively shallow amount of water can create hazardous driving conditions and can potentially damage your vehicle.
  2. Choose parking locations wisely: When visiting Pawleys Island during King Tides, it is advisable to park your vehicle in higher elevated areas. Avoid low-lying areas that are prone to inundation.
  3. Be mindful of saltwater exposure: Saltwater can cause significant damage to vehicles if they encounter it. If your vehicle has been exposed to saltwater during a King Tide event, it is essential to clean it promptly to prevent potential long-term damage.
  4. Exercise caution around floodwaters: Walking or swimming in floodwaters should be avoided as they may conceal hidden hazards such as debris, broken glass, or sharp objects.

Remember to exercise caution, adhere to safety tips, and stay informed about local conditions during King Tides. With a combination of awareness, preparation, and responsible actions, we can continue to enjoy the breathtaking coastal experiences that Pawleys Island has to offer while staying safe and protected during these natural events.

Predicted King Tides 2023

Aug. 1 - 2

Aug. 29 - Sept. 1

Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

Oct. 27 - 31

Nov. 26 - 27

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