Beware: The Supermoon Is Causing Supertides

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Tides are expected to be at their highest in almost 19 years

This week’s supermoon was a spectacular sight – and its impact is still being felt.

The supermoon coincided with the point in the moon’s 18.6 year cycle where the sun, moon and Earth align to create a greater than normal force on the oceans.

Tides are controlled by the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun. As the alignment of the moon and sun changes, so do the tides.

The moon goes through an 18.6 year cycle which started in 2008 and will continue until 2026.

The effects are already being felt in the UK with flood warnings issued for much of Britain’s coast.

In Burnham-on-Sea, a van had to be rescued after driving into water to rescue another vehicle.

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The Mitsubishi Shogun had to be rescued after the supermoon caused high tides and flooding

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