Eight people were hospitalized after rough waves crashed into Ventura on Thursday morning, a day of high surf on the Southern California coast.
At high tide, powerful waves crashed onto the beach at the end of Seward Street. The video showed people The water partially submerged a pickup truck on the beach, forcing it to flee from the shoreline.
Colin Hogue was on a morning run on the beach when he witnessed the frightening sight of waves rushing towards the shore.
“My first thought was to walk away from this,” Hogue said. “This is her mother nature. You can’t stop her. She’ll get through anything.
“It was scary. Everyone was screaming. It was like a horror movie.”
High surf and coastal flood warnings were issued Thursday for Ventura County beaches. County beaches and the Ventura Pier were closed due to dangerous surf conditions.
“For your safety, please avoid areas near the ocean as they are extremely dangerous,” the Ventura County Fire Department said in a post to X.
The swells caused roads in coastal areas to be flooded. The force of the waves broke the windows on the first floor of the hotel and flooded the rooms.
Eight people were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Waves reached nearly 20 feet in places. Wave heights could be 10 to 15 feet into the weekend, with local sets up to 20 feet.