Video from Ventura, Calif., on Thursday captured the moment violent waves jumped over a seawall, displacing cars and people in its path.
Ventura isn’t the only place with rough beaches. The National Weather Service has issued a surf and flooding advisory for the California coast and Hawaii.
The video by Ventura officials begins with a seemingly serene landscape. People are scattered along the seawall, leaning against it and watching the waves crash in the distance.
Suddenly, people start backing up from the wall and a wave crashes in front of them. When it hit the road, many people running on it were thrown off their feet, and the truck appeared to be thrown forward by a wave.
Another angle, taken by Facebook user Colin Hogue, shows the waves chasing down the street.
Authorities urged people to avoid the sea. Waves are expected to be high through Saturday.
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Ventura County Fire Department responded to the scene of the wave shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday.
“We ended up with a total of eight patients as the waves came over the wall and flooded the roads,” Ventura County Fire Capt. Brian McGrath said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
Residents near the incident site were advised to leave, the commander said. Ryan Weeks of the Ventura Police Department. He also asked guests at a nearby hotel to leave.
Roads in and around these areas were also closed.
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California, Hawaii, coastal weather monitoring
National Weather Service meteorologists said a storm system over the Pacific Ocean was causing the swell.
The following are coastal weather warnings and watches issued by local NWS offices as a result of the storm.
NSW Los Angeles Office – “Dangerous Beach Conditions”
- Central Coast: 15-20 foot waves with potential for damaging coastal flooding.
- Ventura County Coast: 10-15 foot waves with potential for damaging coastal flooding.
- Santa Barbara South Coast and Los Angeles County Coast: 7-12 foot waves and moderate coastal flooding.
NWS San Diego Office – “Marine and Coastal Hazards”
- San Diego and Orange County – High Surf Advisory for waves up to 15 feet until 2 a.m. Monday
- A coastal flood advisory is in effect for Orange and San Diego counties until 2 a.m. Monday.
NWS San Francisco Office – All counties covered are:
- Coastal Flood Advisory in effect until 2pm Friday
- High surf advisory until 6pm Friday
Honolulu, Hawaii NWS Office
- A high surf warning will be in effect until 6 a.m. local time Friday.Waves up to 35 feet can be seen on some parts of the island
- A high surf advisory is in effect for the rest of the island until 6pm on Friday. Wave heights can reach 15 to 20 feet.