King tides thanks to supermoon

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As Sunday's sun set, all eyes turned to the so called supermoon that was set to rise at its fullest Monday.

It was the closest the Moon came to Earth in 69 years, but the impressive sight means South Florida is readying for another round of potentially disruptive king tides.

The city of Fort Lauderdale has put in tidal valves that go under the street and can help block water from coming up storm drains.

By Sunday night the water had receded, but businesses had the sand bags out and some, like Brazilian restaurant Chima, are prepared for the more rising waters.

"What we do is we take the valet and we put it out back, so instead of having customers walk through the flood they use the back entrance," Chima employee Ashley Williams said.

Fort Lauderdale experience some flooding by Monday morning.

"It's frustrating," Bob Guttag, who had to carry his dog through the flooding, said. "Not only with the tide and Moon, but heavy rain. It's the same thing, the streets flood. If you leave a car on street, it's basically totaled if you don't know it's coming because the water goes way above the door."

Ben Kirtman with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science said it's simple -- the closer the Earth and the Moon, the more gravitational pull, and that's what leads to bigger tides.

But people who have seen these tides before say common sense, like avoiding standing water, can help avoid big headaches.

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