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Southern California prepares for big storm surf

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California coastal areas are preparing for the arrival of big surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

The National Weather Service says a large southerly swell is moving into Southern California coastal waters Tuesday, and is expected to produce waves as tall as 15 feet, strong rip currents and strong longshore currents through Thursday.

Forecasters say minor coastal flooding and beach erosion is possible.

The city of Long Beach says it's expecting a storm surge above predicted astronomical tides, and crews are fortifying sand berms.

The city is also making sandbags available to residents of its peninsula area.

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