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Californians Go Surfing as Big Waves Pound Coast

August 28, 2014

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Hurricane Marie sent extreme waves as high as 20 feet to the southern California coast, delighting surfers but causing dangerous conditions and property damage.

Marie, once a category 5 hurricane and now a tropical storm, is dying in the eastern Pacific. The waves will die as the storm dies so the waves are expected to calm Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Surfers are appreciating the gift while they can.

"It's as big as Southern California ever gets," Peter Mel, a prominent surfer told the Orange County Register. "It's perfect."

Rescue crews have been working overtime pulling swimmers and novice surfers out of rip currents and body-slamming surf.

"Swimmers and inexperienced surfers should stay out of the water," said the National Weather Service. "Stay off rocks and jetties and away from the water's edge to avoid being swept away by sneaker waves."

The waves are also doing significant damage to waterfront homes and blowing out pier pilings.


Original headline: Hurricane Marie sends huge swells to Southern California

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