Storms Bring Threat of Coastal Flooding to Newport Beach

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After escaping the first major storm of the season with little or no flood damage Thursday, the coastal areas of Newport Beach must still brace for a second, more powerful storm, expected to arrive on Friday.  

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High tides reached 7 feet Thursday morning at Newport Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

Tides that were forecast to reach 6 feet 3 inches, climbed to 7 feet high in Newport Beach Thursday morning.

In order to keep streets from flooding, trucks were brought in to pump the rising water out of the storm drains and send it into the bay.

Water levels began to recede by 9 a.m., but a coastal flood watch has been issued for Orange County coastal areas beginning Friday morning until late Saturday night in advance of another storm slated to hit the Southland.

That storm was predicted to bring high tides up to 6 feet 7 inches between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Friday.

High tides were expected to remain a bit lower in the evening, reaching about 5 feet 8 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Property owners were warned to take precautions to prevent possible damage from coastal flooding.

Strong rip currents associated with the high tides could also create hazardous conditions for swimmers and surfers.

KTLA’s Chris Burrous contributed to this report. 

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