Large Crowds Gather to Newport Beach to See High Tides
It is reported that a massive amount of people headed to Orange country. They have gathered to witness high surf and tides Thursday evening.
” I have been living here since ten years and the bay was never so high nor the ocean this early and before tide.”, a Newport Beach resident, Scott Duffy, expressed his amazement.
However, the citizens were relieved as the tide did not cause flooding on streets or nearby their houses.
” The ocean is a wonderful gift of mother nature yet frightening at times. We would hear the waters come up,you could hear it too. It resembles the sound of thunder or a train crashing against it”, Melanie Itiz, another resident from Newport Beach, said.
The professionals expect that the high tides from Thursday night will disappear by Friday. Furthermore, the experts say that this incident occurs due to climatic changes. Also, they believe the high tide events will frequently take place in the future.
In addition, The National Weather Service has announced a “Beach Hazard Statement”.They have issued warnings for areas of Southern California through late Friday night.
“I have never seen a tide like this in my entire life before. I have never seen them so high either. If you just look behind you, they’ve run out of sand,”- another local from Newport Beach, Martin Derek, said.
Derek also said that he still remembers last July 03rd when high tides unexpectedly grounded a sailboat and flooded the Newport Peninsula.
“They weren’t prepared for it back then but this time they doing a great job,” added Derek.
Chanel Graber, a resident from Newport Beach whose street was flooded last July, said, ” I hope the crews are well prepared this time. Last time we were drentched uto the waists in water.”
Micah Martin, the Director of Newport Public Works, admits that they were not well prepared for the big swells and high tides last year. However, he said that this year their crews are working around the clock just in case.
” Last Thursday night was actually a good assessment as to where we really should be. So, therefore, we feel that we are well organized and prepared. But, still, we are here on standby with our crews to notice the situation.”, Martin said.
Furthermore, it is reported that twenty miles to the North, in Long Beach, a dump truck has unloaded tons of sands at the 77th Place lifeguard stand. This has happened when trying to shore up the parking lot at Alamitos Bay. Just a few hundred yards towards the upside of the coast, huge berms have been made to safeguard beachfront homes from surf striking into the mountains of sand. So, the officials are struggling with their own battle against that surf.
” Yeah, it was indeed a bit scary as the waves are really high,” said a swimmer, Richard Marquinales.
However, so far, no flooding has been reported in either area. And the “beach hazard” warning will continue through Friday.