Heavy surf, high tide creating dangerous conditions, flooding on the SoCal coast

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KABC) – High tides and large waves are putting on a show and creating dangerous conditions along Southern California beaches.

AIR7 HD footage on Thursday evening showed large waves breaking on Aliso Beach, flooding a parking lot near the Lost Pier Cafe.

Farther down the beach, waves splash against a rock barrier, flooding the exterior walkways of an oceanfront hotel with water up to the second floor.

Tom Papak was surprised Thursday while visiting Aliso Viejo of Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife.

“We come here once or twice a week and I’ve never seen such big waves. It’s just huge, you know, between five, six, seven feet. I guess last night they were about eight to 10 feet,” Papak mentioned.

Surfers at The Wedge in Newport Beach were taking the swell.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County lifeguards were warning the public on social media about rip currents.

On Wednesday afternoon, Newport Beach saw a few waves breaking a 14-foot berm at Balboa Pier.

The sand was a little higher on Thursday as the area braced for continued high tide.

In Aliso Beach, the Lost Pier Cafe saw waves smash their way through the patio on Wednesday, leaving behind a sandy mess, filled with seashells and forcing the restaurant to close early Thursday as the show continued.

Sarah Coeyman and her friend had to move several times as the water took over.

“The water was coming almost over the wall where we were sitting. It was just really high tide, the lifeguards were running around every time they saw someone near or around the rocks. They were scrambling out there to say, ‘Come back, come back.'”

Wayland Rengifo and his friend were from Atlanta. Rengifo said he preferred to take the advice of lifeguards and watch safely from a distance.

The lunar oscillation is expected to lead to increased flooding in coastal communities in the 2030s

“I can’t go out and walk like I normally do or go swimming or anything, so yeah, that sets you back, but you still have to come here and enjoy the day no matter what you’re doing,” Rengifo said. .

People planning to visit Aliso Beach should be prepared to walk a bit, because as long as the tide remains high, the public parking lot at the water’s edge will be closed.

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