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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California coastal areas prepared Tuesday for the arrival of big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

A large southerly swell was expected to produce large waves, rip currents and strong longshore currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

"These areas will potentially see the largest surf seen in recent years, with breakers of 10 to 15 feet possible," a Weather Service advisory said...

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