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Portion of Ventura Pier Damaged, Closed Amid High Surf Advisory

A powerful storm system over the Pacific brought more big waves to the Southern California coast Saturday amid a high surf advisory from the National Weather Service.

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A large portion of the historic Ventura Pier was closed after it was damaged by big waves Friday night. (Credit: VCNews)

Those waves were being blamed for damaging a supporting post of the historic Ventura Pier on Friday night, which forced a large portion of it to be closed to the public, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The closure did not affect the portion of the pier closest to the shore, where two restaurants are located.

Waves of between five and eight feet were expected Saturday on west facing beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the weather service.

Among the areas at risk for peak surf conditions were Ventura Harbor, Channel Islands Harbor, Manhattan Beach and Cabrillo Beach.

Because of the high waves, lifeguards have warned inexperienced surfers and swimmers to stay out of the water.

The high surf advisory issued by the weather service was scheduled to remain in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday morning.