The powerful waves continue to batter Southern California beaches, creating dangerous conditions in some spots.
The powerful waves continue to batter southern California beaches, creating dangerous conditions in some spots.
MALIBU, Calif. (CBSLA) — High tides drove massive waves to the Southern California shoreline on Thursday, washing away a stretch of road in Malibu, with more hazardous conditions anticipated over the weekend.
Westward Beach Road is a road that runs parallel to the beach. The date is August 19, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Frank Nielsen)
The powerful wave swept away a section of Westward Beach Road leading to the Westward Beach parking lot, which is situated between Zuma Beach and Point Dume, on Thursday afternoon.
The road and parking lot have been blocked by the city of Malibu, and repairs are not anticipated to be finished until after Labor Day. Due to erosion, Point Dume Road is also blocked. Because of the tides, ten lifeguard towers in Malibu had to be relocated.
Angela Telles, a beachgoer, became acquainted with the strong surf when waves crept up on her and carried her things away.
“Our chair and everything, including my smartphone, was carried away by the sea,” Telles said, adding that she was also dragged into the ocean by a rip current.
“…and then I was dragged under, and as I tried to come up, I was swept back by another wave, and I had to dive under it,” she said. ”
Lifeguards in Los Angeles County are on high alert as more people go to the beach this weekend to cool off.
Aerial picture of a rip current pulling swimmers out beyond the breakers.
“It’s always a good idea to be tuned in to the ocean conditions and, you know, what’s going on with the surf,” lifeguard Pono Barnes said, emphasizing the need of keeping an eye out for hazardous rip currents. If you are trapped in one of the rip currents, Barnes advises being cool.
“You’ll get dragged out beyond the surf, and it may look frightening because there are big waves, but remain cool, float, and you’ll most likely be pushed out of that rip current until you reach to the end of it,” Barnes added.
Sand berms are being built around Newport Beach to safeguard houses if the waves get too large.
Huge waves slammed onto the patio and second-story decks of a hotel on Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, according to aerial footage from Sky2.
Huge waves slammed onto a hotel’s patio and second-story balconies on Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach. The date is August 19, 2021. (CBSLA)
The National Weather Service has issued a beach risks statement for the Los Angeles County and Ventura County coasts, as well as Catalina and Santa Barbara islands, until 11 p.m. Saturday due to high tides. During evening high tides, the NWS warned that “minor tidal overflow” may occur.
3 to 6 feet of surf is expected, with sets up to 7 feet in certain spots.
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors tweeted, “We cannot stress this enough: surf and swim in front of an open lifeguard tower.” “Before entering the water, check with the closest lifeguard. “A beach danger statement is no laughing matter.”
The combination of heavy surf and high tide was too powerful to retain Westward Beach Road in Malibu, thus it was swept away overnight. Up and down the coast, the hammering is anticipated to continue until Saturday! pic.twitter.com/YdWZyoyLAp @CBSLA
20 August 2021 — Joy Benedict (@joybenedict)
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