From gusty winds to churning waves, only a few braved the stormy conditions off Southern California’s coastline Wednesday.
Some Manhattan Beach kite surfers did not heed official health warnings about rainwater and runoff that was potentially polluting the ocean.
“Unfortunately, the ocean is really dirty, but we try not to drink any of the water,” said Bob McKeegan.
Lightning strikes reported in Hermosa Beach did keep people out of the water, though.
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And in Manhattan Beach, there were reports of a water spout that briefly hit The Strand, though the weather service could not confirm it.
Residents said whatever it was, it packed a powerful punch.
“My door had blown open, all the floors were completely saturated and my drapes were wet,” said resident Jane Sager.