L.A. storms mean high surf, possible beach erosion, property damage

A series of storm systems hitting Southern California has prompted a high-surf advisory in Los Angeles County, with forecasters warning of possible beach erosion and high tides that could cause property damage.

The advisory is slated to be in effect until at 5 p.m. Sunday, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

In addition to potential property damage, the high surf could create strong and dangerous rip tides, Seto said, as well as waves that can suddenly wash people off of rocks and jetties, known as sneaker waves.

Waves are expected to reach heights of up to 8 feet Thursday morning, with most ranging from 4 to 7 feet.

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The surf will decrease slightly Friday, but stack up again at night and into the weekend. The highest waves could reach 11 feet on Saturday, though most will in the 6- to 9-foot range before settling through Sunday afternoon.

The highest tides will peak around 6 feet through Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

Minor tidal overflows are also possible along the beaches near and during the high tides.

Orange County beaches should also be affected Friday morning through Sunday afternoon with coastal flooding possible.

The storm is expected to generate rough waves and strong rip currents early Friday. Waves of more than 6.5 feet, strong winds and rain will likely cause minor flooding along the coast.

Vulnerable areas could see property damage Friday morning.

On Saturday, Orange and San Diego county beaches could see waves of up to 15 feet, which will maintain the threat of widespread minor flooding along the coast. The swell and surf will quickly subside by Sunday afternoon, ending flood risks.


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