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Rain continues in Southland; High surf expected through Monday

December 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Rain dampened downtown Burbank on Saturday, but it didn't put out the holiday spirit for those out and about.

Many children and their parents bundled up and toughed out the soggy weather while waiting to see Santa.

"The weather is cool, I love the rain so it's great," said Enree Perkins of Hawthorne.

Scattered showers soaked the Southland Saturday from Oxnard to Glendale. The storm also comes with a high surf advisory for west-facing beaches, in effect through Monday afternoon with sets in the 6-to-12 feet range and 15 feet in some locations.

The dangerous surf conditions and rip currents are creating very dangerous conditions especially for those not as experienced to brave the waves. Lifeguards are urging beachgoers to use every precaution when venturing into the water.

Nevertheless with high surf pounding the local beaches, the rip currents couldn't keep thrill seekers out of the water. For some, the high surf warnings were a good ride.

"One after another though, that was the thing," said Joe Misico of Pasadena, "you couldn't catch your breath, you know. That's the better part. It's not so much how big they are, it's the shape."

Evan Riemer of Lake Forest is another diehard who came out to Seal Beach to challenge the waves.

"Storms and swells kind of coincide," said Riemer. "I mean, they help but it could make it bad too with the weather but it was pretty fun."

No major problems have been reported so far in Orange, Los Angeles, or Ventura counties. However, down in San Diego, lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach Pier for four hours during the late morning high tide as the high surf pounded the pier.

There was a small threat of possible coastal flooding Saturday with the storms moving through some beach communities.