Just hours before the annular solar eclipse, high tides are observed in the eastern ports, which are common for fishermen and residents. The locals attribute this to the “full moons” that occur in October, as they claim that the satellite is closer to the Earth, causing water levels to rise.
For them, it’s normal for these high tides to occur around this time of year, although this time it was less severe, as they remember that last year the water exceeded its limits.
On Thursday, October 12th, in the eastern coastal ports, the sea advanced inland, flooding some streets and boardwalks. In this port, the locals recalled that last year, high tides flooded several streets, and the fishermen had to secure their boats. This time, the water level barely rose but lasted almost the entire day.
By the evening, the floodwaters were slowly receding, and there were no significant impacts on any of the ports.
Heysler Pacheco Alcocer, a well-known restaurateur in Río Lagartos, shared images on social media of the effects of the high tide, and others also posted photos of other high tides that occurred not only in Yucatán but also in Isla Mujeres.
Locals say it’s due to the moon, a phenomenon that naturally occurs, and they are accustomed to witnessing it.