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Storm with 15-foot waves forces crews to maneuver lifeguard towers at some Southern California seashores


In Los Angeles County, crews raced to tug lifeguard towers off seashores as waves threatened to tug them out to sea Thursday morning, Jan. 5. In the meantime, seashores in Orange County appeared to undergo much less of an onslaught from the mix of excessive tides, a giant westerly swell and a rain storm that was hitting.

The swell that rolled in Thursday and was anticipated to final by way of Friday was hitting west-facing shores in South Bay – Hermosa Seashore, Dockweiler Seashore and Manhattan Seashore – arduous, with waves topping 15 toes that slammed onto the seashore, pushing water throughout the sand to the place the towers had already been pushed again.

“We’re seeing a big lack of shoreline and huge surf has taken out massive chunks of sand,” stated Capt. A.J. Lester with Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Hearth. “We’ve been doing emergency lifeguard tower strikes. This has been a big occasion and we’re dropping seashore extra quickly than anticipated.”

Almost 200 lifeguard towers sometimes man the seashores from Rancho Palos Verdes to Malibu, and a lot of the exercise to maneuver them out of the best way of the ocean water was crucial in Redondo Seashore, Hermosa Seashore, Manhattan Seashore, Playa del Ray, Venice Seashore and Santa Monica Seashore.

Lifeguards have been additionally watching cliffs in Palos Verdes and an space often known as Abalone Cove – the place sea caves draw massive numbers of individuals – to verify there have been no rock falls.

Lester additionally warned that beachgoers ought to keep away from the sand and rocks over the following few days at these seashore areas as a result of intermittent wave surges – some topping greater than 10 toes – can nonetheless be anticipated.

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