San Jose on red alert after Christmas Day flood warning
The National Weather Service has issued a renewed coastal flood advisory for sections of the Bay Area on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. This marks the second consecutive day of unexpectedly high tides exceeding predicted levels.
The advisory is in effect from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST and encompasses the San Francisco Bay and North Bay shorelines. Officials anticipate minor coastal flooding due to tide levels running up to 6 to 9 inches above forecasts. High tide will peak at 10:42 AM PST, reaching a height of 6.66 feet.
Commuters within the advisory zone are urged to exercise caution and allocate additional travel time during the aforementioned period.
It is noteworthy that a separate coastal flood advisory was issued for San Francisco, North Bay interior valleys, and the San Francisco Bay shoreline on Tuesday, December 26th, with a high tide peak of 6.57 feet.
The current king tide season commenced on Sunday, December 24th, and is expected to persist through Christmas Day, December 25th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted elevated high tides exceeding 6 feet for the majority of days between December 21st and 28th. Specifically, NOAA anticipates high tides peaking at approximately 6.7 feet on both Christmas Eve at 8:45 AM PST and Christmas Day at 9:30 AM PST.