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Wild Waves Crash Into Buildings on Capitola Beach During High Tide

The city of Capitola declared a state of emergency after a storm caused damage throughout California’s Central Coast on Thursday, January 5.

Footage captured by John (JT) Service shows waves crashing into buildings on Capitola Beach during a period of high tide.

In a storm update posted on the city’s Facebook page, officials said that Capitola saw a 5.6-foot high tide.

The government of Santa Cruz County reported heavy damage to the Capitola pier and urged people to avoid the coast.

Authorities also issued evacuation orders across neighborhoods in Capitola in response to the storm. Credit: John (JT) Service via Storyful

Video transcript

[WAVES CRASHING]

- Woah!

[BARKING]

- Oh, my g--

[WAVE CRASHING]

- What?