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18-foot waves pummel piers, chunk out sand and flood parking heaps alongside Southern California coast


Large waves – some topping 18 ft in Los Angeles County – wreaked havoc on Friday, Jan. 6, as excessive tides and a winter swell continued to work over the Southern California shoreline resulting in seashore erosion, pier closures, crumbled asphalt parking heaps and boats torn from their docks.

Moreover, the excessive surf and tide surge swamped a block jetty at Cabrillo Seaside in San Pedro, flooding and shutting the close by car parking zone. Mounds of sand buried a motorbike path that runs from Torrance Seaside to Avenue H in Redondo Seaside and sea water flooded right into a car parking zone and public lavatory facility.

In King Harbor, huge waves overwhelmed a breakwater jetty and ate into the asphalt car parking zone close by.

“There have been 15-foot-plus waves breaking immediately onto the rocks at Redondo Harbor,” stated Lifeguard Capt. A.J. Lester, a spokesman for Los Angeles County’s Fireplace and Lifeguard Division. “The car parking zone is constructed on the rocks of the breakwater and the strain brought on the asphalt to interrupt aside prefer it was an earthquake.”

The piers at Hermosa Seaside, Manhattan Seaside and Venice Seaside have been closed in an “abundance of warning” due to the sturdy west-northwest swell, which crashed surf excessive of the buildings. It arrived Thursday together with the rainstorm and was anticipated to final by means of Friday, coinciding with a interval of excessive tides.

The piers will stay closed till metropolis crews assess the buildings to make sure they haven’t been compromised, possible a day or two, stated Capt. Kealiinohopono Barnes, additionally with the Los Angeles County division.

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