Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.

Big breakers chewed away at beaches and provided thrills for surfers, body-boarders and shoreline crowds.

In Venice Beach, a 27-year-old man was pulled from high surf in grave condition Thursday night, but paramedics were able to regain a pulse as he was taken to a hospital, Los Angeles fire spokesman Erik Scott said.

Davin Galinto, left, and Dorian Ortloff recoil from a wave crashing against the board way on the Peninsula in Long Beach, Calif. during high tide on Wednesda...

Davin Galinto, left, and Dorian Ortloff recoil from a wave crashing against the board way on the Peninsula in Long Beach, Calif. during high tide on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico has caused higher than normal surf along the Southern California coast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Jeff Gritchen)

However, meteorologists said the conditions had peaked and would gradually subside through Friday, with high surf advisories expected to expire that evening.

Tropical Storm Marie, downgraded from hurricane status, was spinning more than 800 miles west of Punta Eugenia, Mexico, and was expected to be further downgraded to post-tropical cyclone status Thursday night, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The storm was moving toward the northwest at about 15 mph with maximum sustained winds dropping to 45 mph.

Surging surf arrived on the Southern California coast late Tuesday and was wildest on Wednesday. Blocks of oceanfront homes flooded in low-lying Seal Beach south of Los Angeles, pilings were knocked off the Malibu Pier and a boatyard on Santa Catalina Island was battered.

Warnings or advisories were posted for hundreds of miles of coastline. The National Weather Service called it the region's most significant southerly swell event since July of 1996.

Lifeguards worked to keep all but the most experienced surfers and swimmers out of the water but still made hundreds of rescues.

Beaches were left with deep gouges and abrupt drop-offs more typical of the aftermath of winter storms than summer.

At scenic Sycamore Cove below the rugged Santa Monica Mountains, waves on Thursday gradually stole remnants of an old lifeguard building known as the Cove House that collapsed into the angry surf overnight.

In Seal Beach, bulldozers were maintaining a high sand berm hastily created to protect shoreline homes and facilities, and the Port of Long Beach resumed operations at two cargo terminals where conditions a day earlier were too dangerous for the loading and unloading of four vessels.

John Breiding washes sand from the boardwalk in front of his beachfront home as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused u...

John Breiding washes sand from the boardwalk in front of his beachfront home as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

Beachgoers are evacuated as surf overwhelms the beach as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at t...

Beachgoers are evacuated as surf overwhelms the beach as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

Working since midnight assisting residents, an Orange County Fire Authority firefighter rests during a break Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, 2014 as huge swells ...

Working since midnight assisting residents, an Orange County Fire Authority firefighter rests during a break Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, 2014 as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

Barry Dahlen, left, of Huntington Beach, Calif. climbs the sand berm in Seal Beach as Dennis Roudabush of Seal Beach videotapes water inundating the beach on...

Barry Dahlen, left, of Huntington Beach, Calif. climbs the sand berm in Seal Beach as Dennis Roudabush of Seal Beach videotapes water inundating the beach on the other side as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

Ron Larson, a 15-year resident, sweeps sand from the street in front of his beachfront home as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of ...

Ron Larson, a 15-year resident, sweeps sand from the street in front of his beachfront home as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. "I don't complain, I'm living on the beach." says Larson. "Its a small price to pay," he adds. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

Authorities evacuate spectators from the Seal Beach Pier as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding a...

Authorities evacuate spectators from the Seal Beach Pier as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

Spectators on the beach scramble as a wave covers the beach as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected floodin...

Spectators on the beach scramble as a wave covers the beach as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)

An unidentified surfer gets assistance from a Los Angeles County lifeguard on a watercraft, as heavy waves crash against the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesda...

An unidentified surfer gets assistance from a Los Angeles County lifeguard on a watercraft, as heavy waves crash against the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, ...

Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beac...

A big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

Orange County Firefighters watch as big waves come into shore from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The National Weather ...

Orange County Firefighters watch as big waves come into shore from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

Surfer Angelo Gullotti carries his broken surfboard after riding waves in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experience...

Surfer Angelo Gullotti carries his broken surfboard after riding waves in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A bulldozer continues to build sand berms as waves from Hurricane Marie begin to flood the beach in Seal Beach, Calif. in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Au...

A bulldozer continues to build sand berms as waves from Hurricane Marie begin to flood the beach in Seal Beach, Calif. in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

A man carries his board as he walks through the flooded beachfront properties, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Sout...

A man carries his board as he walks through the flooded beachfront properties, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Onlookers gather along the beach to watch storm waves from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Nationa...

Onlookers gather along the beach to watch storm waves from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

A surfer wipes out from a large wave at Seal Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 27,  2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southe...

A surfer wipes out from a large wave at Seal Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

Onlookers standing on a sand berm watch as big waves come into shore from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Wea...

Onlookers standing on a sand berm watch as big waves come into shore from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

CORRECTS BYLINE TO GILLIAN FLACCUS, NOT NICK UT - Watching from a safe distance behind a barricade of traffic cones, beachgoers watch huge waves crash onto t...

CORRECTS BYLINE TO GILLIAN FLACCUS, NOT NICK UT - Watching from a safe distance behind a barricade of traffic cones, beachgoers watch huge waves crash onto the shore at The Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast is expected to produce large waves, rip currents and strong longshore currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

A bogie boarder and a surfer ride a wave at the wedge, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in Newport Beach, Calif. Beach goers experienced much higher than normal s...

A bogie boarder and a surfer ride a wave at the wedge, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in Newport Beach, Calif. Beach goers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Beach chairs are covered in mud in the flooded beachfront area on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern Californ...

Beach chairs are covered in mud in the flooded beachfront area on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A man walks through the flooded beachfront properties on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coasta...

A man walks through the flooded beachfront properties on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A bogieboarder flies over a wave a surfer rides underneatch a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beach...

A bogieboarder flies over a wave a surfer rides underneatch a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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