Georgia woman visiting beach with family killed by massive California wave. (Part-2)

This week, it is anticipated that the West Coast will be subjected to a swell that will result in large waves and coastal flooding. 

Hazardous waves of up to 16 feet in size are making their way back to the coast of California as a result of the severe El Niño pattern that is occurring in the Pacific Ocean.

The National Weather Service encourages individuals to avoid engaging in activities that include the ocean. Killing waves have the potential to rush up the beach by a minimum of 150 feet. 

The experts advise that it is essential to avoid standing on logs on the beach since huge waves have the potential to roll or raise these heavy logs that are saturated with water, which poses a significant risk to one's safety.

In a recent interview with USA TODAY, Patrick Barnard, a research geologist at the Pacific Coastal Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, United States Geological Survey, stated that the ocean has risen by nearly 10 inches throughout the West Coast over the course of the last century, and this trend is gathering momentum.

 "We're riding on a higher baseline when these larger waves come in, so you tend to have larger coastal impacts, more erosion, and more flooding," Barnard pointed out. During the month of December in the year 2023, the Ventura County Fire Department issued a warning to evacuate some properties that were located along the Pacific Coast Highway. This was owing to the fact that the waves were damaging structures in the vicinity.

The recent waves damaged government structures in Ventura County and eroded beaches, requiring many water rescues around the state. After consulting with USA TODAY, coastal experts and meteorologists believe the waves are low-frequency gravity-induced waves from offshore. Due to heavy water and severe surf, these waves runup a lot.

An errant wave over a Ventura County seawall last week injured at least eight people. The tsunami removed cars and people.

Watch this space for further developments.