Extreme high tides could lead to flooding on Pawleys Island

Extreme high tides from a ‘super’ full moon rising Saturday could bring isolated coastal flooding, officials said.

The Charleston Post and Courier reports Saturday’s big moon is the first of three this summer, with the largest coming in August, according to College of Charleston astronomer Terry Richardson.

It has officials paying extra attention in areas prone to flood by tidal waters. Pawleys Island Police Chief Mike Fanning urges drivers to use caution, particularly on the creek side of the island where flooding typically occurs.

“Do not drive through the salt water,” he said. “It’s very bad for your car.”

The tide on Pawleys Island likely will be highest on the creek side about 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Fanning said.