May 24, 2024

As rain swept throughout Southern California early Saturday, heavy surf and excessive tides continued to pound the coast and prompted warnings for individuals to keep away from the water as harmful circumstances persist.

Waves as excessive as 20 toes have been forecast in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, whereas even bigger swells have been anticipated to roll in on the Central Coast and Northern California. Officers warned that the highly effective waves and robust currents may sweep individuals into rocks, jetties and into the ocean.

“It’s producing extraordinarily harmful circumstances at seashores,” stated Rose Schoenfeld, meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service in Oxnard. “That is the best surf we’ve had within the final yr. It’s positively extra like as soon as each few years.”

A collection of sturdy waves pummeled the Ventura coast on Thursday, sending onlookers scrambling because the waves swept previous seaside boundaries and barreled down metropolis streets. A minimum of eight individuals have been injured and several other companies have been broken because the waves broke home windows and flooded buildings.

All seashores and coastal parks in Ventura County were closed Friday and will remain closed over the New Year’s weekend, together with the Ventura Pier, seaside campgrounds and harbor entries, officers stated.

Officers additionally warned individuals to be cautious of “sneaker waves,” very similar to the one which caught Ventura beachgoers without warning this week. The highly effective waves are created by larger-than-average swells that may all of the sudden and with out warning surge a lot farther inland than anticipated, breaking over rocks and lifting logs or driftwood onto the seashore with lethal drive.

In the meantime, Saturday’s storm introduced as much as three-fourths inches of rain to Los Angeles and Ventura counties, whereas almost 2 inches fell in Santa Barbara County, in response to the climate service. Patchy showers have been fading, whereas forecasters stated extra gentle rain is anticipated Sunday evening into Monday.

Along with the heavy surf, the rain additionally introduced different potential hazards at seashores. L.A. County’s Division of Public Well being suggested individuals to keep away from contact with water by way of Tuesday as a result of flowing storm drains and creeks can result in greater ranges of micro organism and chemical compounds.