High surf advisory in effect for Orange County through the weekend

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High surf advisory in effect for Orange County through the weekend


High surf advisory in effect for Orange County through the weekend

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A high surfing advice will be in effect all weekend for coastal areas of Orange County, according to the National Weather Service as a powerful winter storm sweeps through Southern California.

A high surf advisory means that breaking waves can pose a threat to people or property in the surf zone. The advice applies until 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Waves at the southern end of the Seal Beach pier reached 15 feet high on Friday to the delight of local surfers.

“When you’re on a wave that big, it feels like it’s 20 feet in the air,” says Nick Martinez, a surfer.

Other people enjoyed watching the surfers catch big waves.

“I saw a guy surf all the way in at the very end of the jetty,” said Chuck Stone, a Seal Beach resident.

A flood watch is in effect in coastal and inland areas of Orange County from Saturday night through late Saturday night.

Rain is expected throughout Southern California, prompting statements from local politicians to be prepared.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Karen Bass declared a local state of emergency on Friday as the city recovers from a series of strong storms and prepares for more rain and wind in the coming days.

Additional rain is bad news for crews still cleaning up after this week’s storms in Southland. A number of highway closures were still in effect Friday due to mudslides or other damage, and a sinkhole that formed on one Calabasas roadway and swallowed two vehicles that grew in size.