Big waves caused by Hurricane Marie caused damage along the Southern California coastline and flooded Seal Beach homes Wednesday. Water from the surge slammed into neighborhoods, flooding homes, eroding beaches and forcing the closure of piers. Some piers were severely damaged. Hurricane Marie was weakening off of Mexico's Pacific coast, but it's generating large, dangerous swells. The waves are expected to get as big as 10 to 15 feet by the end of the week. Crews had to rush to build up an emergency sand berm in Seal Beach overnight into Wednesday. Normally the berm goes up in the winter, not the summer, and it usually takes a couple of weeks. The berm was created in 12 hours. "When our firefighters arrived on scene, they immediately asked for two dozers. There were about 50 firefighters here right now and 1,000 sandbags," said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. "They have been working to build these 6-foot berms all the way from the pier to 14th Street. There are a number of residents who have suffered flooding." A big surge hit Seal Beach around 11 p.m. Tuesday. "We just had a rush, a large swell come through there for about 30 to 45 minutes straight. Waves were 12 to 14 feet and basically nothing held it back," said Concialdi. "It went straight towards the houses." Officials are still assessing damage in Seal Beach, but they believe most of the flooding happened in garage areas. Many people spent the night sand-bagging. Blanca Dubon Brown's Seal Beach beachfront apartment was flooded with 3 feet of water overnight. "It was just a wall of water from the sand all the way up. We could hear the waves, it was thunder -- we thought it was thunder, and you could actually feel them," said Hector Brown. "I have never, ever have seen anything like this." The Seal Beach Pier was closed as a safety precaution. Lifeguards rescued a man Wednesday who decided to go for a swim. He got into the waves but couldn't make his way back to shore. Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach stopped operations late Tuesday because surging, 10- to 15-foot-high waves endangered dockworkers. Two piers at satellite camps on Catalina Island were destroyed by waves from the storm surge. Other piers may be damaged, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. White's Landing Pier was one of the damaged piers. Several boats were overturned, and a boat yard was lost at Pebbly Beach. A few kayakers had to be rescued, according to the department. Waves crashing over the breakwater made it difficult to get the big catamarans into port. Customers are being advised to call Catalina Express for the latest on ferry service.
Friday, August 29, 2014
KOMO news reports six people were injured when a car crashed into a hair salon in Seattle, Washington. (Aug. 28)
Friday, August 29, 2014
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Two massive storms churning across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are creating massive waves and delivering a beating to sand levees along the Southern California coast. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A natural gas leak inside a Dallas home caused the house to explode and catch fire, injuring a mother and her children, Dallas Fire Rescue officials said Tuesday night.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thundering surf spawned by Hurricane Marie pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend. The US Geological Survey says the 3.9-magnitude quake struck at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday about 7 miles south of the city of Napa. A sheriff's dispatcher says the station shook a little, but there have been no calls reporting damage or injuries. California's wine capital is still recovering from Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, which is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in property damage.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Over 100 people have been treated for injuries from the earthquake in Napa, California, but no deaths were reported. Earthquakes are much, much more deadly in other parts of the world. Earlier this month, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds in Southwestern China. The video above explains why.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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