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Monster Waves in California: 50-Foot, El Nino-Enhanced Swells Batter Coast

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A pedestrian pier closed by authorities due to high surf from an El Nino-strengthened storm is pictured in Ocean Beach, California January 7, 2016. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 08 Jan 2016 02:33 PM

Monster waves hit the California coast Thursday, some more than 50 feet high, as part of yet another El Nino storm battered the state.

Surfers braved the stormy waters to ride some of those towering waves, a few as high as a six-story building, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Surfer Brian Woods told the newspaper, "I think the brain stops processing after a certain height. You just look down and go. It's real fun."

But Jeff Clarks, founder of the Mavericks Surfer Competition, said the high waves weren't ideal.

"The energy's just violent. I mean, that's about all you can say," he told the Chronicle.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the weather delayed efforts to get power restored to many in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Thursday storm also caused Los Angeles County officials to warn people to stay away from ocean water for 24 to 48 hours because of high bacteria content in some areas.

The Southern California Edison map of outages shows continued power loss in numerous areas. On Thursday, the Press Express reported that about 9,500 people were without power in the mountains.

AccuWeather reported that "relentless rain, mountain snow" would inundate California through the weekend.

"California has been hit the hardest with consecutive days of heavy mountain snow and flooding rain," the website said. "A widespread 1 to 3 inches of rain has doused the area since the beginning of the week, with higher amounts near the mountain slopes."

Drainage systems in the state have been challenged by the downfall, causing roads and interstates to be closed, the weather site reported.


After an extended drought period, the onslaught of weather this week led many in California to post their aggravations online.





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