Tuvalu Braces for 'King' Tides
17/02/2004 11:36:25 | ABC Radio Australia News
The Tuvalu Meteorological Office says the "king" tides are expected on Thursday and Friday.
Tuvalu is home to 11,500 people living on nine atolls - all less than 4.5 metres above sea level.
Forecaster Hilia Vavae says many areas will be flooded by the sea for an hour or so. She says the tides will peak at about three metres. She says on the capital atoll of Funafuti, homes and perhaps the airport will be flooded, along with her own office.
Ms Vavae says she doesn't expect the flooding to be as bad as in 2001 when
most of the island disappeared. She says the extent of flooding during king
tides also depends on local weather conditions at the time. She says rain bands
are forecast, but no severe storms.