Southern California receives high surf advisory as hurricane Marie pumps up
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a multi-day high-surf advisory for Southern California as Hurricane Marie is expected to raise dangerous waves along the coast.
The high-surf advisory, particularly for coastal areas of Southern California, took effect at noon Tuesday and will remain into effect through Friday evening,
Hurricane Marie waned to a Category 2 storm by early Tuesday but it kept on kicking up high waves along the northern Pacific coast of Mexico. The U. S. Hurricane Center said in a statement that the hurricane's maximum sustained winds declined to 105 miles per hour and that the storm could lose hurricane status within the next couple of days.
On Monday, waves along Southern California coast were 1-4 feet high. But, the NWS believes that it could produce waves as high as 15 feet, burly rip currents and strong currents in the coming days.
Local people have already started taking their own protective measures, as memories of storm damages from 2010 and 2012 are still in their minds.
Speaking about the potential risk, Seal Beach resident Brian Brown said, "It can be a problem down here. We've had flooding before, so we sandbag when we have to."
However, some surfers like Greg Miller said they would welcome the larger waves as they would be able to gain a bigger surfing experience.
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