Pismo Beach Pier reopens

kleslie@thetribunenews.comMarch 2, 2014 

Large waves pound Pismo Beach and Avila Beach piers, Saturday morning, March 1, 2014. For more SLO County videos, subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/SanLuisObispoTribune The Tribune is the leading news organization in San Luis Obispo County. We've been providing our community with news and information about California's Central Coast for 145 years — and counting! Visit us at SanLuisObispo.com.


The rain is once again going away — and with it, the strong waves and numerous storm-related incidents that characterized the weekend.

After two storm systems brought up to 5 inches of rain between Thursday and Saturday, Sunday saw more subdued rainfall, with less than an inch falling across the county on average, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

Though light rain is expected today, the county won’t see more precipitation until Thursday, when a cold front moves through the area. Inland temperatures will stay in the 40s, while coastal temperatures will be in the low 50s.

As the weather calms, so have the strong waves that closed numerous California beaches and piers over the weekend — including the Pismo Beach and Avila Beach piers.

On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a coastal flooding and high surf advisory for Southern California areas, including San Luis Obispo County. The advisory was lifted at 5 p.m. Sunday, as the storm died down and surf heights diminished.

The Pismo Beach pier, which closed Saturday as 20-foot waves pummeled the structure, reopened Sunday morning, according to Pismo Beach Police Department Watch Commander Tom Portz.

“There is no longer any danger to the pier and visitors,” Portz said Sunday afternoon. “It’s still a little rough out there, (but) the waves are not nearly the size they were (Sunday).”

Unlike the Pismo pier, the pier in Avila Beach sustained minor structural damage Saturday from strong waves, prompting officials to close the 140-year-old structure for an indeterminate amount of time.

Elsewhere in the county, local police and CHP authorities did not have any reports of storm-related accidents as of Sunday evening.

Though reports of power outages where widespread Saturday, on Sunday, there were only two reported outages in the county as of 5 p.m.: one PG&E customer was without power in Atascadero, and 22 were without power in San Luis Obispo. Crews were on scene at both sites.

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