A California Pier Is The First Victim Of El Niño

A California Pier Is The First Victim Of El Niño

Southern California residents experienced a foreign substance falling from the sky as rain swept through the region yesterday. The storm also brought huge waves to the coast which ended up smashing the city of Ventura’s pier.

Just before high tide yesterday morning, a set of waves sloshed over the 488m pier, damaging the beams and deck. No one was hurt, but the pier was closed indefinitely. The pier has been in place for 143 years but was refurbished most recently in 2000.

The waves then made their way over a seawall and into a coastal neighbourhood. In these photos you can see water flooding the first floor of several houses and rushing down a street.

The US National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory, calling this the biggest event of America’s season so far. But with El Niño supposedly bringing “one storm after another like a conveyor belt“, America is bracing for many more events just like this one.

California, you’ve been warned… and there’s so much more to come.

[KTLA via LAist]