HUNTINGTON BEACH — Seawater spread into several low-lying communities along the California coast Thursday morning as unusually high "king tides" pulled the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal.
Causing some damage but mostly just making a nuisance, water flooded Pacific Coast Highway and side streets in Sunset Beach, a sliver of Huntington Beach between the ocean and a yacht harbor. Down the Southern California coast, Newport Bay was brimming, while just north of San Francisco the tide swamped a commuter parking lot in Marin City and seeped into dozens of cars.
Bruce DuAmarell, an 18-year resident of the Sunset Beach, said he got a call at work from an alarmed neighbor and came home.
"My garage had flooded. There were four to five inches in my garage," he said, as he took a break from sweeping water out onto the street. "It came up over the seawall and literally filled up the harbor."
DuAmarell said he lost a vacuum cleaner and some Christmas presents for his children, but otherwise was unscathed.