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Storm watchers enjoying weather in South Bay

January 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A number of storm watchers and many surfers enjoyed the wet, stormy weather in South Bay Thursday.

The fourth storm this week kept the Hermosa and Manhattan Beach piers closed, but that didn't keep storm watchers away.

"I just came to look at the waves," said Compton resident Courtney Webb. "I always wanted to see them while there was a storm going through. I've always been a big fan of thunderstorms and rain."

"It hardly rains in Southern California and when it does it's beautiful," said Compton resident Marco Moreno.

Dark, gloomy, cold, wet and windy: this is not your typical Southern California weather.

"It was really coming down quite a bit. I've never seen it rain like that before," said Mar Vista resident Mark Rezaee.

The ocean is still rough and swollen, but the waves aren't as big as Wednesday, though they're every bit as dangerous.

"These conditions will snap your neck at any moment," said Shane Warwick, a surf forecaster for SwellMagnet.com. "These waves may not look quite as big as they are, but they're very powerful."

Powerful enough to concern even expert surfers.

"No one's even looking right now it's way too big," said Warwick. "It's impressive to watch, but I'd stay out of the water."

Rare weather and high surf are enough to get people like Mark Rezaee to get off the couch and head out doors.

"I just couldn't stay home anymore," said Rezaee. "People should get out and enjoy the day. Don't sit home and watch TV, get out and be a part of nature."