Powerful waves pounded the California coast on Friday, causing damage and street flooding, while also forcing evacuations in some communities.
In Ventura, California, local police issued a high surf alert and advised residents to stay out of the water and use caustion near the beach. Roads that were close were eventually reopened although the police said more roads along the coast could see closures through the weekend.
The Ventura County Fire Department was called to initiate a water rescue near Mondos Beach.
According to ABC 7 in Los Angeles, some residents in Ventura were evacuated after waves crashed onto their homes. The news station also reported that the Ventura Pier suffered damage and was closed.
"The series of storms that have pounded the West Coast for the last week have stirred up huge waves over the North Pacific that have recently shifted southward into California," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
The most robust waves will continue to pound the central coast through Saturday with wave heights reaching up to 25 feet, Samuhel said. Along the Los Angeles and San Diego coasts, wave heights could reach 10-15 feet through the weekend, he said.
Farther up the coast, the National Weather Service reported peak swell heights during the overnight hours around 33 feet along Big Sur, and 23 feet in San Francisco.
The wave heights along with high astronomical tide will combine to bring the threat of coastal flooding for coastal areas through Saturday, including Los Angeles and San Diego.
Another impressive photo of a very dangerous surf zone. #GarrapataSP High Surf Warning remains in effect #cawx pic.twitter.com/jCjl6AOeR1— NWSBayArea (@NWSBayArea) December 11, 2015
Photo from Carmel, CA showing how dangerous the surf zone is. Carmel Beach is underwater now. #cawx #dangerous pic.twitter.com/bJBbYWXKTf— NWSBayArea (@NWSBayArea) December 11, 2015
Turn around, don't drown! Not worth it Photos: Kenna Hummer, Hanover Lane in Ventura @KEYTNC3 #flooding #cawx pic.twitter.com/OMMzJkGbFJ— Meredith Garofalo (@KEYTNC3Meredith) December 11, 2015
Photo shows massive waves covering part of the Ventura Pier https://t.co/9uUpBWa2GZ (pic @NFCo__) pic.twitter.com/U0fmYFtzua— KTLA (@KTLA) December 11, 2015