The remnants of tropical storm Kay dropped just two-tenths of an inch of rain on Long Beach overnight, but emergency crews will remain on alert until tomorrow as they try to keep unusually high tides from inundating the Peninsula.
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 dozers scrambling through the day to rebuild it as they prepared for Friday night’s high tide.
As the highwater crested around 9:30 p.m., it again breached some sections of the berm, but crews were able to continually reinforce it in order to keep the flooding relatively minor and limited to a few local streets, according to the Long Beach Fire Department.
“There are currently no reports of property damage,” the LBFD said late Friday night.
There's some water pooling at the boardwalk, and crews are fortifying the berm as high tide hits along the Peninsula, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay haven't caused major issues so far, the LBFD says. Thanks to resident Joe Carlson for video from the scene near 54th Place. pic.twitter.com/PihqZRmAL1
— Long Beach Post (@LongBeachPost) September 10, 2022
The rare tropical storm, which made its way up to Southern California after hitting Baja California as a hurricane, brought unusual September rain to the Long Beach area.
Although it dropped only two-tenths of an inch, it broke a rainfall total for Sept. 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 at LAX.
The NWS had warned that Kay would bring steep seas and gusty east winds to coastal waters through Saturday with gale force winds at Catalina and San Nicolas Islands. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said residents were fortifying against the high surf and wind with sandbags and Catalina Express canceled some trips to and from the island.
Long Beach, though, saw only occasionally gusts over 30 mph with mostly light winds overnight. A gale warning from the NWS expired overnight with the worst winds limited to between 6 and 9 p.m.
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 10, 2022
A high-surf advisory will remain in effect through tonight when another high tide will roll in around 10 p.m. The swell is expected to be slightly smaller, according to the LBFD, but crews will remain on alert to continually reinforce the Peninsula berm.
There will be a continued chance for rain and thunderstorms through Sunday, according to the NWS.
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