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Flooding possible as King Tides roll in next week

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Concern is rising along the coast as El Nino is expected to intensify some of the highest tides of the year during Thanksgiving week. 

Miguel Miller at the National Weather Center is keeping a close eye on next week's expected King Tide, the highest tide of the year. 

"Imperial Beach and Solana Beach have a high vulnerability to get some tidal overflow when the tides get too high. In this case, we have the right kind of alignment that is just a little more favorable for a stronger gravitational pull than we have had during any other full moon of the year," said Miller. 

Low-lying roads, piers and some beach front property could be at risk. Beachgoers can expect to see stronger rip-currents. 

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Also, choppy waters will likely make for poor surfing conditions. 

"This is forecast to be bigger. Last month, we had higher surf, but I would say based on tides, even with no real big surf, we will see a bit more impact," said Miller. 

Thanksgiving week's tides are expected to be higher than October's tides that sent water  beyond the beach because of strong swells. 

"The infrastructure doesn't usually handle water levels this high, so we expect to see some of the water getting high enough to get beyond the beach and maybe into some neighborhoods or streets," said Miller. 

[RELATED STORY: San Diego City declares state of emergency in anticipation of El Nino]

Imperial Beach and Solana Beach are expected to be hit the hardest with Mission Beach and La Jolla also being hit hard. 

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