High Surf Until Tomorrow



After two days of perfect blue skies, the rain returns tomorrow to So-Cal but the big waves will roll out. For now though, a high surf advisory remains in effect until 9pm tonight with waves 6-8 feet and largest on west facing beaches.

Swimmers are urged to swim near a lifeguard and people warned to take care on rock jetties, where they are at risk of large waves washing them into the water. Remember if you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until you are free of the current.

As Los Angeles braces for the next round of rain and armed with $3.1 million in federal funds, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will install three miles of temporary barriers along a stretch of the Los Angeles River near Griffith Park to ensure it won’t overflow
during El Nino storms, officials announced today.

The normally dry river sprang to life this week when the first round of El Nino storms pounded the Southland.

“El Nino has made the river unpredictable through the spring and will press us to our limits,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The city has been “gearing up” for the rains in recent months, clearing 40,000 storm drains and so far giving out half a million sand bags, he said, and the city’s sanitation and street services departments has responded to hundreds of calls.

“This week’s rain was just the beginning,” Garcetti said.  “It’s
critical that we remain poised, and that we remain ready.”