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Heavy California Rain Causes Large Swell Crashes

posted 1 Mar 2014, 16:11 by Mpelembe   [ updated 1 Mar 2014, 16:12 ]

Heavy surf warnings are in effect due to rain storms in Southern California.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MARCH 01, 2014) (REUTERS) - Wind-whipped, chaotic waves hit the Los Angeles coast on Saturday (March 01). Foothill residents in Southern California cities Azusa and Monroviawere still under mandatory evacuation orders, as a heavy thunderstorm flooded freeways and mountain roads from Malibu to Glendale.

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning bulletin for recent burn areas. Isolated storms continued to flow north off the Pacific all afternoon. Forecasters also said that coastal flooding and high, dangerous surf remained on the menu for Saturday (March 01).

The ocean water was reported to be a relatively-warm 59 degrees.

Several Internet surf reports had predicted waves in the 15-19 foot range to break at a Southern California beach, as swells from a storm in the Southern Hemisphere arrived.

Huge swells were observed bashing into a temporary steel beam seawall, where the shoreline is being reconstructed. Foamy water was blasted 20 feet into the air as swells met steel.