25-Foot Waves May Hit California
But Hurricane Marie not expected to hit land
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2014 1:58 AM CDT
This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Marie about 500 miles southwest of the Baja Peninsula.    (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

(Newser) – A massive hurricane is moving north from Mexico's coast, and while it's not expected to hit land in the US, Southern California can expect some huge and possibly dangerous waves starting today and peaking tomorrow, authorities say. Hurricane Marie is weakening slightly, but some surf spots could see waves up to 25 feet high, and Los Angeles County beaches used to much smaller waves could see 15-footers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Strong rip currents are expected, and lifeguards warn that only the strongest, most experienced swimmers and surfers should go in the water. "The gist is, if you’re not a strong, strong aquatics person with fins, come down and watch from the safety of the shore," says the chief of the Newport Beach Lifeguard Battalion. In Mexico's Oaxaca state, some 10,000 homes were flooded or cut off by mudslides caused by Marie's rains, but the state government says the hurricane hasn't caused any deaths, the AP reports.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 31, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
A couple of my good friends have a condo in San Diego 1 block from the row of beach homes. I went out for a month while doing a tech seminar there. At the seminar, we had to cover the required material for the day. If the waves were going to be good the next day, we would work beyond 3pm so we could take the next day off. That happened one time while I was there. The instructors of the seminar all had boards on the tops of their cars like you see ski racks in Colorado. But I also found ski racks on cars in Los Angeles and then realized they have ski resorts in the mountains just northeast of there.
Veritas
Aug 27, 2014 12:31 PM CDT
Surfs Up! Where is my board? Time to go to Surf City and shoot the curl.
Glen_Beck_is_a_Weenie
Aug 26, 2014 5:05 PM CDT
@ Helpme - Unfortunately it's going to take many, many storms and/or hurricanes to "end" the California drought. I'm not sure the predicted rainfall expected for California from Marie, but this will only put a "dent" in the drought. However, on the bright side, 'you have to start somewhere' and all rain and/or snow is welcome to fall on California.