Kay brings only light rain as crews battle flooding along peninsula – Reuters

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The large waves that arrived with the Baja California storm system completely eroded the berm that normally protects homes in the coastal neighborhood, sending trucks and bulldozers scrambling all day to rebuild it as they prepared for Friday night’s high tide.

Land movers build a sand berm to protect homes along the peninsula from flooding as the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay hit Long Beach Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

As high water peaked around 9:30 p.m., it broke through some sections of the berm again, but crews were able to continually reinforce it to keep the flooding relatively minor and limited to a few local streets, according to the fire department. of Long Beach. .

“There are currently no reports of property damage,” the LBFD said late Friday evening.

The rare tropical storm, which made its way to southern California after hitting Baja California as a hurricane, brought unusual rainfall in September to the Long Beach area.

Although it only dropped two-tenths of an inch, it beat a rainfall total for September 9 at the Long Beach Airport weather monitoring station, according to the National Weather Service. It also broke daily records in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank and LAX.

A cyclist makes his way along Ocean Boulevard as rain begins from a tropical storm hitting Long Beach. Photo by Thomas R. Cordoba.

The NWS had warned that Kay would bring rough seas and gusty easterly winds to coastal waters through Saturday with high winds over Catalina and San Nicolas Islands. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said residents are fortifying themselves against strong waves and wind with sandbags and Catalina Express has canceled some trips to and from the island.

Long Beach, however, only occasionally saw gusts over 30 mph with mostly light winds overnight. A gale warning from the NWS expired overnight with the worst winds limited between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A high surf advisory will remain in effect until tonight when another high tide arrives around 10 p.m. The swell is expected to be slightly lower, according to the LBFD, but crews will remain on alert to continually reinforce the peninsula berm.

There will be a continued chance of rain and thunderstorms through Sunday, according to the NWS.

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