Rising ocean surf could bring coastal flooding to California

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Forecasters say: Keep an eye on the beaches, flooding is possible.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Surfers and lifeguards were keeping their eyes on the sea as forecasters warned of 7- to 13-foot waves and gale-force winds that could cause minor flooding along the Central and Southern California coast. “The Los Angeles Fire Department and Beaches and Harbors Los Angeles County are working to prepare for the tides and are laying out sandbags in key areas and making sandbags available to residents,” said L.A.Unusually high tides are expected to begin hitting Southern California on Tuesday morning and could bring water up to beachside home doorsteps and parking lots, the National Weather Service said.Unusually high tides and surf will hit the California coast for the next few days, which could cause some flooding in low-lying areas, and there will be a moderate risk of rip currents, National Weather Services officials said Monday night.

Symptoms may include nausea, loss of appetite, tiredness, dark colored urine and pale stools, yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eye, bleeding more easily than normal, confusion, and sleepiness. City Councilman Mike Bonin. “Please visit your local fire station to get the sandbags you need to protect your property from flooding.” (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Forecasters said high tides combined with an arriving swell from a Pacific storm could produce big surf through Thursday and even into Friday night in some places. During your treatment with Rebif you will need to see your healthcare provider regularly and have regular blood tests to check for side effects Blood problems.

Meanwhile, the surf on Southern California’s west- and northwest-facing beaches could be as high as 5 feet Tuesday and even higher Wednesday through Friday. It also ruins everything else like the grass and the trees.” In Fort Lauderdale, the city has installed 50 drainage valves specifically to help with these floods.

A gale watch was in effect through Thursday night off the Channel Islands northwest of Los Angeles, with high wind gusts and 10- to 13-foot seas at times. South of Santa Barbara County’s Point Conception, surf could reach 6 to 10 feet later this week. “North of Point Conception they’re a lot higher and more dangerous” — 8 to 12 feet, Seto said. A spokesperson says the city continues working to mitigate the problem as the king tidal flooding gets deeper. “And they also put these wooden boxes here which they said would stop the water coming out of the drain,” he said, pointing at a box on the flooded curb. “But in practice, it actually stops the water from going back down the drain, which is a waste of money in my opinion,” said Asser. The top two records are 10.47 feet on Aug. 11, 1940, when a Category 2 hurricane made landfall on the Georgia and South Carolina coast, and 10.87 on Oct. 15, 1947, when Hurricane Nine made landfall in the same location.

A combination of factors led to the inundation, including peak astronomical tide during a supermoon, onshore winds, a slowing Gulf Current and sea level rise. A tide height of zero indicates the surface level of the water “halfway between the mean high tide and the mean low tide,” Seto said; the higher the tide, the deeper the water. Meanwhile, the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach both increasingly turn to social media, tweeting times for expected high tides to their followers.

Seal Beach, which is prone to shoreline flooding, coincidentally started early on creating giant sand berms that protect beachfront property from winter storms. The berms were going up several weeks early because of the potential for El Nino-spawned storms, not this week’s event, said Joe Bailey, the city’s marine safety chief. “We’re building it earlier, we’re building it wider, we’re building it longer, and maybe a just a touch taller” than previous years, he said.

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