A third day of rain, coastal flooding and giant waves forced residents to evacuate parts of the California coast and flooded streets and parking lots Saturday, though forecasters predicted the situation would improve soon in some areas.
on Saturday, Warnings Several California counties, including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, had coastal flooding and dangerous waves of up to 20 feet along the coast and beaches. The warnings were lifted on Sunday.
Coastal areas of Orange and San Diego counties, heavy surf warning It remained in effect until 2 a.m. on Monday.
The National Weather Service said dangerous coastal conditions will persist along the West Coast through Sunday, with “slow improvements expected through Monday.”
In Ventura County, a large rogue wave crashed ashore Thursday, sweeping away cars, flooding homes and injuring eight people.
Fearing a similar incident, officials bulldozed beach sand Friday and built a mile-long berm in preparation for Saturday's high tides.
A rogue wave flooded local streets in a Ventura neighborhood, damaging waterfront homes, the Ventura County Fire Department said. said on social media. According to department spokesman Andy Vanciver, earth-moving trucks were used to clear the roads.
A An evacuation alert was issued on Saturday For county residents whose homes border the Pacific Coast Highway because of the risk of high waves damaging structures. The warning was lifted on Saturday afternoon.
Residents were told to avoid jetties and piers where large waves could sweep people away. Officials have also warned of the possibility of significant coastal erosion.
Across the state, dozens of national parks and beaches were closed. All public beaches and some marinas in the cities of Ventura and Oxnard will be closed for the weekend.
Weather Service in Los Angeles He said while the tide was still As of Saturday afternoon, “Large, powerful waves, strong rip currents and long coastal currents are still moving – be aware!”
California State Parks told Outdoor Enthusiasts Precautions should be taken at beaches.
In San Luis Obispo County, a street was flooded due to high tides and high tides. San Luis made Creek retreat, officials said. In Los Angeles, Photographs Social media showed the surf flooding the parking lot at Royal Palms Beach.
The rough weather that started on Thursday was caused by storm systems forming in the Pacific Ocean.
Johnny Diaz Contributed report.
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