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Massive waves crush California coast, prompting evacuation warnings

A rogue wave hits the beach at the end of Seward Ave in the town of Ventura. This occurred during the high surf advisory at high tide. Because of this wave, eight people were transported to local hospitals. Currently, beaches are closed in Ventura County, as is the Ventura Pier. Video credit: Ventura Police Department and City of Ventura. @Ventura_PD @cityofventura @VCFD

(NewsNation) — An evacuation warning has been issued for parts of Ventura, California, as high surf continues to send tall waves crashing along the shoreline.

The warning follows three days of massive waves that hit the California coast, causing flooding to coastal homes and businesses, including a dangerous rogue wave that hospitalized nine people. Southern California, particularly Orange County, remains a major surfing epicenter, leading to beach and pierlet closures.


On Saturday morning, authorities announced the closure of Seal Beach Pier due to dangerous surf conditions. The piers at Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County were also closed as a precaution.

Cleanup efforts are underway in Ventura County, where work crews have built a six-foot-high sand berm stretching a mile long to protect beach communities. The US Coast Guard has ordered the closure of the Channel Islands port entrance, subject to regular assessment.

Lifeguard personnel have been increased along the Southern California coast, from Ventura County to San Diego County. Despite a temporary reprieve Friday, larger waves are expected to arrive Saturday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a warning of high surf and coastal flooding through Monday.

Authorities are emphasizing caution for residents and beachgoers, urging them to avoid coastal piers and jetties. Although the Seal Beach Pier closure is in effect as a precautionary measure, it will be reopened once safety is ensured. The situation is being closely monitored and questions can be directed to the Ventura County Harbor Patrol.

NewsNation affiliate KTLA in California contributed to this report.

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