King tides have returned to the Myrtle Beach area, this time combined with a chance of rain and thunderstorms for the next three days.

The king tide, or perigean spring tide, happens during a new moon or full moon, when its orbit is closest to earth. This week, the high tide is expected to last until Friday, according to tide tables from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The highest tide is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

King tides can cause flooding when coupled with rain and wind, especially in low-lying areas near the coast. The Myrtle Beach area faces a chance of rain and thunderstorms through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Local high tide range is usually 5.5 feet, but this week’s king tides are expected to be closer to seven feet, according to DHEC.

To see a chart of when DHEC expects king tides, look at the 2021 tide table. The next king tide is expected from July 22-24.

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