Southern California will escape the worst of a powerful Pacific storm slamming into the West today, but rough surf will persist at the coast.
A large westerly swell will continue to significantly kick up the waters along the Southern California coastline through the remainder of the weekend.
Sunday's surf will average 6 to 10 feet along west-facing beaches with the highest surf corresponding to the mid- to late-morning high tide.
With high tide will also come a threat of beach erosion and localized coastal flooding. All day, rip currents will pose a serious danger to anyone entering the water.
Saturday morning, high surf forced officials to close the Ocean Beach Pier. Later in the morning, Huntington Beach lifeguards reported surf as high as 8 feet.
The large swell is being generated by a pair of storms churning in the eastern Pacific, one of which will slam onshore tonight into Sunday with flooding rain, feet of mountain snow and damaging winds.
A total of 4 to 8 inches of rain will inundate northwestern California and the northern and central Sierra.
The rain will weaken as it presses southward through California, only lightly dampening the Los Angeles Basin through Sunday night and totally diminishing before reaching San Diego.
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The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Damaging wind and hail as large as softballs have been the main threats, and will continue to be into early Monday morning.
Temperatures will have their ups and downs across the Northeast this week, starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week.
Bouts of heavy rain will once again visit the Southeast this week, bringing the threat of flooding and travel delays.
Dauphin Island clocked a 57 mph wind gust at the time of the boating incident, according to Mesonet.
Severe weather will shift to the western Gulf Coast on Monday, becoming replaced by a chilly rain and wind in the southern Plains.
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