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Catalina Island bears brunt of damage from heavy surf
Catalina Island bears brunt of damage from heavy surf

Just days into his vacation, Brian Pearson sat under an umbrella and stared toward the yellow caution tape stretched in front of the inviting ocean. The float his grandchildren had stood on as they played in the water just days before was now gone, and a bulldozer had been brought in to scrape away the pebbles and rocks that had washed across the sandy Avalon beach. "We've never had weather that affected our trip," said Pearson, 75, who has been coming to the island for about 35 years. As enormous hurricane-spawned waves continued to pound the Southern California coastline Thursday — again drawing thousands to the shoreline to watch surfers and body boarders...

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