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Newport Beach Neighborhood Floods Amid High Surf Advisory

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Ocean waves crashed over the sand at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and into parking lots and streets, destroying a sailboat due to the dangerous combination of high tide and high surf, authorities said Friday.

The tide peaked at 6.5 feet at 8:25 p.m. Friday, according to USHARBORS, an online service provided for boaters.

The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory through noon Monday warning that waves and surf of five to seven feet with sets to eight feet were likely.

In the Balboa neighborhood, the water was so high, on some streets cars’ tires disappeared under the water. A lifeguard was also hospitalized with undisclosed injuries after saving a teen's life at the Balboa Pier.

Ted Chen reports for Today in LA on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

At the corner of Balboa and Seventh Street, the water just kept coming while families stood on their porches. 

Several people were getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July when they saw all the water start coming over the sand and into their garages, homes and streets.

The waves were high and strong, they could be heard crashing even from a block or two away. 

Some people crowded at the beach because they saw a sailboat get rocked and destroyed by the waves. At least two men got off that boat and were treated by paramedics on the scene. They appeared to be uninjured.

Lifeguards were seen wrapping blankets around people on the beach.

There were no immediate reports of evacuations or injuries.


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