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Waves From Hurricane Marie Heading To Bay Area, But Not The Monsters Than Clobbered Southern California

by Brandon Mercer

MAVERICK’S (CBS SF) — The monster waves battering Southern California generated by Hurricane Marie were forecast to move into Northern California Thursday through the weekend, generating increased wave heights, but likely nowhere near the 15-foot breakers that damaged homes and piers across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

The now-tropical storm Marie off Mexico’s coast kicked up waves anywhere from ten to 15 feet in height, and forced coastal residents to hastily stack sandbags around garages and doorways in advance of the pounding surf topping the sea walls.  Bulldozers in Long Beach built sand berms along the ocean.

The National Weather service reports a southernly swell of 5 to 7 feet, continuing through Friday, with lower swells through the weekend.  This level of surf falls below the threshold of a “beach hazard” but the weather service warns mariners to be aware of increased currents.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Surf Warnings forecasts wave heights topping 7 feet along the San Francisco-San Mateo coast by late Sunday into early Monday.


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