Gale hits Oxnard/Ventura

By George  Miller

For the last couple of days, gale force winds and waves  have buffeted Oxnard, Ventura and other coastal areas. Winds of up to 55 mph accompanied by at times heavy rain tore up trees, blew trash cans, furniture and small boats around. Blowing sand stung faces and eyes in beach areas. There was only minor street flooding in the Mandalay Beach Road area, mitigated by Oxnard Public Works efforts to clear drainage channels and run pumps.

No that is not an oil pipeline below, but a storm pump outlet. Note unusual amount of debris on the beach, near Mandalay Beach Road and appropriately-named Driftwood St.

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Rough seas pound shoreline near Driftwood St. and Mandalay Beach Road 1-31-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

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Strong winds blow sand inland at Oxnard Shores on 1-31-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

David Pu’u reports from Ventura:

The curious thing about the post frontal winds today was the sustained higher velocity blow. This palm outside Bettybelts at Fir and Main fell this evening, narrowly missing taking out the building and landing in the middle of the Ventiki lanai. No injuries, but shocked quite a few people. See below:

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Photo: David Pu’u

 

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Oxnard Public Works forestalled any flooding problems by clearing drainage channels and deploying pumps in Oxnard Shores. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

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Oxnard Public Works forestalled any flooding problems by clearing drainage channels and deploying pumps in Oxnard Shores. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

Quite a few culls of trees weakened by the drought today here in Ventura as a steady 50 knot post frontal blow did its work.

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Photo: David Pu’u

 

PCH in the Solimar Beach area had flooding.

The NOAA marine forecast tonight was less severe than earlier in the weekend.

 Hazardous marine condition(s):
 Gale Warning

   PZZ600-010615-  207 PM PST SUN JAN 31 2016      .SYNOPSIS FOR THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST AND SANTA BARBARA  CHANNEL INCLUDING THE CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY  AND NATIONAL PARK…AT 21Z…OR 1 PM PST…A 1000 MB LOW WAS  LOCATED NEAR BARSTOW. A COLD FRONT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LOW WILL  EXIT THE WATERS VERY SOON. STRONG NW GALES WILL DEVELOP IN ITS  WAKE AND PERSIST THROUGH MON. LARGE…ROUGH AND DANGEROUS SEAS ARE  EXPECTED ACROSS THE WATERS LATER TODAY THROUGH AT LEAST MONDAY.    $$


   PZZ650-010615-  EAST SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL FROM PT. CONCEPTION TO PT. MUGU CA  INCLUDING SANTA CRUZ ISLAND-  207 PM PST SUN JAN 31 2016    GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON    TONIGHT  NW WINDS 25 TO 35 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 50 KT…BECOMING  20 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 45 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 8 TO  11 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS…BUILDING TO 11 TO 14 FT DOMINANT  PERIOD 9 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE EVENING.  MON  NW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 45 KT…BECOMING 20 TO  30 KT BY THE AFTERNOON. COMBINED SEAS 10 TO 13 FT DOMINANT PERIOD  11 SECONDS.  MON NIGHT  NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 30 KT…  BECOMING 5 TO 15 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT.  STRONGEST WESTERN PORTION. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 10 FT DOMINANT PERIOD  11 SECONDS.

Looks like inland will be just as bad:
High Wind Warning
Ventura County Coast, California
The strongest winds are expected across the mountains, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Catalina Island where damaging wind gusts of 6o to 70 mph are expected, with …
5 hours ago – National Weather Service

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George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard

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