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    Los Angeles: Marie Brings Large Waves, Dangerous Rip Currents

    By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    September 01, 2014, 6:49:52 AM EDT

    While Marie will stay well offshore from Los Angeles, it will continue to produce dangerous surf along many Southern California beaches through Friday.

    Surf conditions have the potential to be more significant with Marie when compared to Lowell. Marie reached Category 5 hurricane status during Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24, with winds of 160 mph.

    As of Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Los Angeles Times reported one surfer was found unconscious in the swells and was later pronounced dead after unsuccessful attempts to revive him.

    Los Angeles County lifeguards pulled him from the waters and performed CPR to no avail. Officials closed the pier Tuesday evening as intense waves caused damage to the pier's pilings, according to the Times.

    As Marie moves along to the northwest and slowly weakens over cooler waters, swells produced by the storm days ago, when it was a Category 5 hurricane will propagate outward and reach the coast in the form of large breakers and strong rip currents from Baja California, Mexico, to Santa Barbara County, California.

    Tropical system Lowell brought rough surf to Southern California this past weekend. However, since Marie became a much stronger system than Lowell, waves will be much bigger and rip currents much stronger when compared to Lowell.


    Waves averaging 10 to 15 feet will occur with some breakers reaching 25 feet. In addition to the danger to bathers and inexperienced boarders, the wave action could result in coastal flooding at times of high tide. In addition, experienced boaters should also exercise caution when venturing into unprotected waters.

    While there is a chance of spotty thunderstorms over the Southwestern states as the Eastern Pacific tropical activity continues, not enough rain will fall to alleviate drought conditions in California.

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    Around downtown Los Angeles, highs are forecast to peak within a couple degrees of 90 F on Friday.

    Coastal areas will be slightly cooler, while inland areas will be much hotter, typical for this time of the year.

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