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Hurricane Marie threatens southern California beaches

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:48 AM - Hurricane Marie continues to bring large swells and dangerous surf to southwestern Mexico as a major Category 4 storm.

Although the hurricane is centred over the Pacific well away from any land, it's kicking up large waves that are battering the coast.

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"Swells generated by Marie are affecting the southwestern coast of Mexico, the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula and the southern gulf of California," says the U.S. National Hurricane Center. "These swells will spread northwestward along the west coast of the Baja California peninsula today and will reach southern California by Tuesday."

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions as well as minor coastal flooding, the NHC warns.

According to NWS-Oxnard, this could be the largest surf event seen in recent years, including a rare high surf event for the beaches of southern Santa Barbara County, adds weather.com.

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