Hurricane Marie sends giant waves crashing into CA beaches, island

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Giant surfs triggered by Hurricane Marie slammed parts of California’s coast Wednesday damaging an island’s boatyard and piers and stopping shipping operations at the Port of Long Beach.

The big waves upended boats and scattered lumbers in Santa Catalina Island’s Pebbly Beach boatyard. Waves also pushed debris into the island’s Avalon Harbor damaging moorings and pilings, Los Angeles County harbor officials said. There was no report of injury but damages occurred.

The pier at White’s Landing was partially destroyed as shown in photos taken by County Supervisor Don Knabe.

Fifteen foot waves forced crews at the Port of Long Beach to halt operations. Damaged pilings shut down the Malibu Pier.

Streets and homes in Seal Beach and Long Beach were hit by flooding. The Battleship Iowa, a World War II museum ship berthed south of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, closed for the day when two dock pilings broke, said Jonathan Williams, president of the Pacific Battleship Center, according to Daily News.

Portuguese Point, Sacred Cove and Inspiration Point off the Palos Verdes Peninsula were closed until Friday as a high surf advisory will remain in effect.

The National Weather Service warned that the swell could cause structural damage and significant beach erosion.

Meanwhile, thousands of spectators watched and took photos of 10 to 20-foot waves at Newport beach on Wednesday. The highest surfs delighted surfers at Cabrillo Beach, Zuma Beach in Malibu , Long Beach, and The Wedge in Newport Beach.

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