Big Waves Pound SoCal Beaches for 3rd Day
Dangerous swimming conditions are expected over the next few days.
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Big waves pound the Wedge in Newport Beach (KTLA-TV)
Forecasters say coastal areas will see dangerous swimming conditions in the coming days.
A southwest swell of 6 feet to 8 feet, and possibly up to 11 feet, is expected through 6 p.m. Friday.
Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Wedge in Newport Beach Thursday afternoon to see the huge surf.
Newport Beach officials said waves reached 10 to 13 feet at most beaches and 20 feet at the Wedge.
On Wednesday, two parking lots near Balboa Pier flooded after big swells struck the coast during an extreme high tide.
The water flowed across Balboa Boulevard to the Fun Zone area, according to lifeguards.
Some cars in the affected parking lots were picked up by the high surf and moved up to five feet, said Mark Harmon, operations director for Newport Beach.
City workers pumped the water out of the parking lots and back into the ocean.
They also built up a sand berm to 8 feet to prevent further flooding.
The swell originated off the coast of New Zealand.
The NWS warns that there will be strong rip currents and dangerous swimming conditions in the coming days.
Beachgoers are urged to use caution at southwest-facing beaches in Los Angles County, as well as beaches in Orange and San Diego counties.
Coastal flooding is possible in some areas of Orange County when high tides hit.
Lifeguards in Laguna Beach had to close the parking lot at Aliso Beach on Wednesday after a high tide washed sand and debris ashore.
The parking lot at Capistrano Beach was closed Thursday after waves washed up debris and damaged a wooden boardwalk.