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Dangerous high surf forecast for L.A.-area beaches

March 1, 2010 |  7:43 am
The National Weather Service is warning of high surf at west- and northwest-facing beaches, producing waves on eight to 10 feet with swells as high as 12 feet.

Officials said the high surf could cause dangerous rip currents and beach erosion.

High surf on Sunday morning caused some problems on some San Diego County and Orange County beaches.

Water flooded Pacific Coast Highway near the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mike Reynolds said. Sand and ocean debris blocked the roadways and the southbound lanes were shut down.

Flooding occurred in Sunset Beach near Anderson Street, forcing that section of the highway to close. There was also some street flooding in Seal Beach.

In San Diego, Ocean Beach Pier was closed when waves tore off a piece of its railing.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A surfer goes airborne over the top of a big wave in Newport Beach just south of the 28th Street  jetty. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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No tsunami, but winter tides enough to flood Pacific Coast Highway