- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The tides are receding in Maine after reaching the highest levels in decades.

Tides, accompanied by storm surge, peaked at 11.7 feet in Portland on Friday afternoon. Anything over 12 feet is considered flooding by the National Weather Service.

Earlier in the week, tides in the city reached 12 feet on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says that was the highest astronomical tide - not including storm surge - since 1948. This was also the week of the closest “supermoon” to the Earth since 1948.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Kimble says the tides are receding and Saturday’s high tide will be lower.

Kimble says flooding caused by the high tides has been limited to “nuisance flooding.” At least one waterfront street in Portland was flooded on Friday afternoon.


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