Southern California prepares for big storm surf

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Residents of Southern California coastal areas are filling sandbags and building sand berms to ward against possible flooding from big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

In the city of Long Beach's Peninsula neighborhood, residents watched as bulldozers built huge sand berms between the ocean and their homes. Several took the warning to heart and shoveled sand into bags to place around their garage doors and entryways.

The National Weather Service says a large southerly swell is expected to produce large waves and rip currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday. Breakers could be 10 to 15 feet high.

Swimmers and surfers are urged to be aware of dangerous conditions, and minor coastal flooding and beach erosion is possible.

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