MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (FOX 11) - After four consecutive rainy days in Los Angeles County, the sun came back out and attracted many beachgoers who wanted to check out the intense waves.
But beach officials and the National Weather Service warned people to avoid getting in the water because of a High Surf Advisory that would stay in effect until 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The record stated that breaking waves of 12 to 16 feet would lower to 6 to 9 feet by Saturday afternoon.
Coastal flooding and minor flooding from sea water were also concerns.
At one point on Friday it was reported waves in LA County and Orange County beaches reached 10 to 15 feet. It was enough to make Tyler Edmonds avoid the water he originally planned to surf in at Manhattan Beach.
"Probably not," he said when asked if he would still surf on Friday. "Those waves are huge!"
Deadly rip currents and coastal flooding caused officials to close the Ventura Pier and a portion of its promenade walking path for the remainder of Friday evening.
Beach staff members were out watching for people in danger. They stated that runoff, including debris flow and bacteria were also concerns beachgoers should be mindful of when debating on getting into the water.