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Residents Brace for Hurricane Norbert

Hurricane Norbert is expected to whip up big waves in Southern California this weekend



    Hurricane Norbert Fuels Strong Rip Currents

    High tides brought strong rip current from Long Beach to Malibu on Saturday from a weakening Hurricane Norbert. Jane Yamamoto reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at 8 on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (Published Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014)

    Southern California beach communities continued to brace for high surf caused by Hurricane Norbert.

    Long Beach resident Andrea Lynn says she and her neighbors are prepared with sandbags strategically placed in low lying locations. Lynn says the city has done a good job getting the word out to homeowners in areas that border water in the Alamitos Bay, and crews have been working around the clock to build up this sand berm stretching 1.7 miles along the peninsula.

    The Long Beach Fire Department said the waves Saturday were lower than anticipated, but the potential high tide was still a concern.

    A weakening Hurricane Norbert moved parallel to Mexico's Baja California peninsula early Sunday after pounding fishing villages and resorts, damaging more than a 1,000 homes and forcing hundreds to fleet to higher ground.

    Long Beach Residents Prepare for Storm Surge

    [LA] Long Beach Residents Prepare for Storm Surge
    A strong storm born from Hurricane Norbert in the Pacific that was moving north toward Southern California is churning up high surf and dangerous rip currents in Long Beach where coastal residents are using sandbags to protect their homes from flooding. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. from Long Beach Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 5, 2014)

    Norbert grew to Category 3 status earlier in the day but by late Saturday night it had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of up to 85 mph. Though staying away from land, it passed near enough to the coast to have drenched Mexican fishing villages and resorts, and pound beaches.

    For a place not known for big swells and monster waves, Long Beach was certainly getting some attention.

    "I don't think I've ever heard back-to-back hurricanes within like five days," said James Welty, a resident.

    The powerful surges of Hurricane Marie last week were enough to knock down parts of the breakwater.

    The large berm left over from then was being reinforced Friday night on the Long Beach peninsula.

    "They packed this in pretty thick," Welty said. "Nice and tight!"

    Sandbags Available for Long Beach Coastal Residents

    [LA] Sandbags Available for Long Beach Coastal Residents
    A second storm surge in two weeks, driven by a hurricane is churning up bigger than usual waves in Southern California, forcing some residents along the coast to defend their homes against possible flooding. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Long Beach Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 5, 2014)

    This storm surge, less powerful than Marie but with the potential for flooding, was growing with the higher tide.

    "You look out in the water and you don't see those wakes come up," Welty said. "It's how high it is, is the scary part."

    Welty has a stack of sandbags.

    "Yeah, it's crazy," he said. "Just in case, we're prepared."

    Sandbags worked in protecting the homes, stll in place for round two this weekend.

    "High tide and low-lying areas don't mix, especially with an increased surge from the eastern Pacific," said Jake Helfin, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman. "So, in that perspective, that's why we are taking all these actions minimize the impact in the future."

    2 Rescues in 1 Day at Newport Beach's "Wedge"

    [LA] 2 Rescues in 1 Day at Newport Beach's "Wedge"
    Two people had to be rescued Friday from Newport Beach's famous wedge after unexpected and bigger than usual waves hit the area with a Southern hemisphere hurricane making its way to the West Coast. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from Newport Beach Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 5, 2014)

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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