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Pounding surf prompts coastal hazard warning

December 1, 2012 |  3:49 pm

Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier on Friday
Dangerously high surf struck west-facing beaches Saturday between Central California and Orange County, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a coastal hazard warning.

A large swell was causing waves as large as 15 feet to pound beaches in some areas, forecasters said.  The hardest-hit beaches were those in the vicinity of Ventura Harbor and in southern Los Angeles County.

"Surf and swell conditions will be hazardous to anyone entering the water" through Sunday, the weather service advisory warned. 

The high surf is expected to peak Saturday night and gradually taper off on Sunday.  The high surf advisory is expected to expire about 10 p.m. Sunday, forecasters said.


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Photo: A surfer bails out after riding a big wave near the Huntington Beach Pier on Friday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times