Forecasters are warning of an “extremely dangerous” wave event along the California coast that “hasn’t happened in years.” And on Thursday, beachgoers in Ventura experienced just how dangerous that can be. Video shows large waves crashing into a sea wall along the coast, sweeping away a truck and sending scores of people to hospital.
Video of the moment shows a crowd standing in a parking lot near the ocean, scrambling quickly to outrun the waves. The waves were so big that a truck and several people were forced to carry them through the rushing waves.
It happened in Ventura, a coastal city about an hour northwest of Los Angeles. The Ventura County Fire Department shared footage and said a “rogue wave” hit the beach at the Seward Street end during a high tide surf advisory. Surf waves were so high in the county that roads several blocks inland were flooded with debris.
“Eight people were transported to local hospitals as a result of this wave,” the fire department said, adding:And the pier is closed. “For your safety, please avoid areas near the sea as it is dangerous.”
The National Weather Service warned that the southern and central California coastline was at “extreme risk,” or the highest alert level, for “dangerous surf, life-threatening rip currents, and coastal flooding” into the weekend. There is.
The National Weather Service warned that “extensive wave energy across coastal waters is creating extremely dangerous conditions for our coasts and will continue through the end of this week.” “A strong cyclone in the North Pacific waters is sending this long-period swell toward Southern California waters, with outside water swell heights reported at 20 to 27 feet.”
The highest waves are expected along the central coast, where forecasters say waves could reach 15 to 20 feet into Saturday. Ventura County saw waves of 10 to 15 feet, while Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties saw waves of 7 to 12 feet, with some sets reaching 15 to 20 feet in some places.
The Bureau of Meteorology said: “This is expected to result in exceptionally high waves and coastal flooding, the likes of which have not occurred for many years.” “Please follow the instructions of local authorities and lifeguards.”
The agency is warning residents in these areas to avoid entering the water, prepare for “significant” flooding and avoid rocks and piers near water.
The agency says, “Please be careful of sneaker waves (waves that suddenly get bigger).” “Never turn your back on the sea.”
Northern California will also see heavy surf.
The National Weather Service San Francisco office said a coastal flood warning is in effect until 2 p.m. Friday and a high surf warning is in effect until 6 a.m., with waves expected to be breaking between 28 feet and 33 feet.
“Large waves could hit islands without warning, pulling people off rocks, piers and beaches and into the sea,” the agency warned. “These large waves can be unstable and unpredictable.”