Full moon + tropical storm = king tide flooding

February 1st 2018 was pretty intense. Anna had her first day at High School, the hottest week of the year (we had around 30°C for several days!) finally ended with the remnants of a tropical storm that swept over both islands, and a ‘super blood moon’ (the first since 1866), which wasn’t visible to us because of the clouds, triggered a massive king tide. As the storm approached from the North and peaked just shortly before noon, the combined tide was the highest most people here can remember. Several blocks in the lower regions of Mapua were evacuated and dozens if not hundreds of houses were flooded with debris. Climate change and rising sea levels have arrived.



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