Ocean Beach Hit Hard by Storm – OB Pier Still Closed

by on March 3, 2014 · 4 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach

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Tree crushed auto on Lotus Street. (Photo by Rubywhite)

Ocean Beach is digging out of palm fronds up to our ankles after the weekend’s big storm.

The Pier was closed Saturday morning and there’s no time table for reopening it after waves crashed over it throughout the weekend.

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The OB Pier remained closed for the third-straight day. (Photos by Matthew Wood)

Things got a bit dicey during the weekend’s biggest rain and winds, but could have been worse. Most businesses stayed open as usual, despite most places on Newport putting out sandbags.

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Downed palm tree on upper Newport Ave.

Said Denny Knox, CEO of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association:

 “Through the years, everyone has gotten into the (sandbag) habit. Especially the low lying streets.”

 The only place that was really closed was the OB Pier, which was off limits for much of the weekend – and with good reason, as waves continually crashed over the pier’s walls.

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Palm fronds collected at the OB Pier parking lot.

The storm had a cleansing effect on the neighborhood, especially with the palm trees. Palm fronds lined the sidewalks and nearly every street had a pile of them. Sunset Cliffs was a virtual mine field of palm droppings.

Knox commented:

“You’re dodging them all over the place. We called the city to report it and they said ‘What’s new? Get in line.’ So they’ll be here sometime. Or never.”

OB storm feb-mar 14 mw shadesOne store that was closed for the weekend was – ironically – the women’s store Raindrops, on the corner of Abbott and Santa Monica. The store was dark all day Friday and through the weekend, with sandbags lining the front door.

Reader Ruby White sent us a photo of a tree falling on a car on Lotus Street. We also found a downed tree on Newport, just up the hill.

Any other damage? Let us know in the comments.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

DaJohn March 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

There is another palm down on the 4800 block of Muir.


Jeffeck March 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Channel 10 stated there was a landslide at the 1700 block of oceanfront… Near Santa Cruz. Fence fell down the hill. May want to check out that lead


Katharine Byrom March 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm

That is my palm tree pictured on the 4600 block of Newport. It completely snapped off at the top and just missed falling on my sister’s car. Two kind gentlemen stopped and towed it up the street a bit out of the way of traffic. I am so sad that it is gone and I don’t know what to do. I am also worried about my other palm tree now since it is also top heavy from all of the palm berries it holds.


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