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Ventura rain eases, but high winds persist

January 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The wet weather is moving in from the north, which means Ventura gets it first. The rain has let up in Ventura, but they have lots of wind.It didn't rain cats and dogs in Ventura but we saw a lot of dogs out in this rain. Like this 14-week-old puppy, not happy with the wind or the rain.

"He just got his last shot so he got to come out in Palm Lake and he's not allowed to walk right now," said Art Sassoe, the puppy's owner.

Nicole Scurrah and her son Zach went for a run along the beach during the worst of the wind and rain Monday morning. The son and the dog had no choice but to run with Mom.

"He's got these tennis tournaments coming up, so we've got to keep him fit and he's not going to get a lot of tennis in this week," said Scurrah.

Karen Farfar and her friend are visiting Southern California from Sacramento.

"I wanted to come and see what it looked like. I'm from Sacramento so I haven't seen the ocean like this before," described Farfar. "We get floods. But not like this."

The winds were strong enough that they pushed back as two youngsters when they tried to get a look at nature's intensity.

"Oh man, this is crazy. I'm a local photographer and I came out to get a picture. This is intense," said James Satterstrom of Ventura.

Clear skies revealed some minor damage. A pre-owned furniture store on Main Street switched out tables for trash cans to collect the water.

"It hasn't caused a lot of damage, but if it continues I'm sure it will," said Petty Voorhees of Thousand Oaks. "Hopefully the rain will taper off before the plumber gets here."