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Ocean Beach Pier Closed For Huge Waves [VIDEO]

Evening Edition

Above: The first major winter storm in the Pacific sent waves cresting at 20 feet to some San Diego beaches Friday. The Ocean Beach Pier had to be closed for several hours during high tide, and lifeguards warned that fatalities are possible. KPBS Video Journalist Katie Euphrat gives us a look at the hundreds of spectators and couple dozen surfers that braved the waters at Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs on Friday. The High Surf Advisory continues through Saturday morning.

San Diego lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach pier early today due to dangerously high waves and riptides.

Large waves crash against the Ocean Beach Pier in 2002.
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Above: Large waves crash against the Ocean Beach Pier in 2002.

The high surf is expected to continue through Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A high surf advisory was declared by the NWS and will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Saturday, while a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday.

The pier was closed at 3:20 a.m., according to a San Diego lifeguard dispatcher. There were no other closures to report, he said.

Today, San Diegans can expect 8 to 10-foot surf, with sets up to 12 feet, the Weather Service advised. The agency forecast slightly smaller waves on Saturday -- 6 to 8-foot surf with 10-foot sets.

The rip current potential today is high, according to the Weather Service.

Video by Katie Euphrat

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