Rogue Wave Caught on Camera

High tides causing flooding and uncomfortable days at the beach

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    NEWSLETTERS

    While the Bay Area basked in warm temperatures and sunny skies Sunday, people along the coast of Southern California found out just because the sky is clear, it does not guarantee calm seas.

    Case in point: the photographs below.  

    A on line reader sent in a series of photos from Bolsa Chica in North Huntington Beach.  He took them Sunday morning.  They show a woman watching the surf one moment and being inundated by it the next.  The final picture shows she held her ground and appeared unhurt, although fully soaked.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      If this had happened Saturday, someone would probably have blamed the Tsunami, but it was simply high tide on top of some high waves.

    Several streets flooded in the low-lying areas of Southern California's Sunset Beach and along Bolsa Bay, as well as Malibu.

    Saltwater flowed over sand dunes and onto the lanes of Pacific Coast Highway at about 8:30 a.m., and traffic was "driving through the surf," according to reports phoned in to the California Highway Patrol.

    A moderate high tide of 3.4 feet above average sea level washed ashore along the Southern California coast at 8:55 a.m. The entire area remained under a high surf warning all weekend, with sets of waves 7-10 feet high predicted.

    In Malibu, high tide water flowed around temporary sand berms and through a cement sea wall into the parking lot at Zuma Beach. Although some seaweed and other debris needed to be cleaned up, lifeguard officials said there was no damage.

    Fire dispatchers said no property damage was reported at Malibu, even though waves were cresting mere inches below overhanging balconies and homes. A series of heavy storms this winter has severely eroded sand on several beaches, prompting a multimillion-dollar emergency rock wall installation in front of celebrities’ homes on Broad Beach, near Trancas.