January 13, 2016 10:20 am
Updated: January 13, 2016 7:55 pm

King Tide expected to hit Delta this morning

WATCH: Sandbags line the shore at Vancouver's Lorcano Beach, ahead of the expected King Tide.


People in Delta are preparing for the so-called King Tide this morning.

The powerful tidal surge is expected to come ashore this morning.

King Tides can approach five meters in elevation, or about one meter higher than a typical high tide, and can form storm surges when they are combined with low-pressure systems.

In Delta, the high tide will peak at 4.9 meters at 8:33 a.m. today, 9:09 a.m. on Thursday and 9:48 a.m. Friday.

The severity of the high tide and the swells it generates will all depend on the weather.

Winds are expected to reach the speeds of between 5 and 10 km/h.

City crews have been busy preparing for the past few months.

In December 2014, the King Tide wreaked havoc in Boundary Bay in Delta when huge waves breached part of the seawall, forcing the mayor to declare a state of emergency.

WATCH: State of emergency declared in Delta in 2014

For more on the tidal forecast, go here.

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