The city of Malibu asks its residents to prepare for an upcoming storm system expected to bring moderate to large surf and high tides.
According to the National Weather Service, the high surf advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. Also, there is a possibility for some tidal overflow and minor coastal flooding in low-lying areas.
Winds are expected to pick up tonight and continue into Friday, diminishing Friday evening and pick up again Saturday afternoon. High tides reaching as much as 7 feet will continue throughout next week to Thursday. The Malibu city Web will post updated information at www.ci.malibu.ca.us.
According to the weather advisory the city of Malibu posted, the increasing westerly swell, combined with the high winds and surf can cause severe coastal erosion and damage to beachfront property. The city encourages residents and business owners in flood-prone areas to protect their property by using sand bags, which are available at most County of Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Stations, or by taking other safety measures. The department advises monitoring information concerning weather conditions and flooding in your area closely. It is also advised to keep rain gutters and drains clear ahead of time to prevent a possible roof collapse.
The city also encourages people to stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways, which can possibly flood during heavy rain. Residents and business owners should be aware that homes and businesses located downward from a canyon of mountain terrain are subject to sudden mudflows in canyons.