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Aug. 29 -- The eighth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, Marie, which briefly hit Category five, became sub-tropical on Friday morning.

Despite the downgrade, reported the Weather Channel: "Flooding from wave action damaged piers, washed boats ashore, some into homes at Pebbly Beach on Catalina Island. This was the first such damage, there, since Hurricane Linda pumped waves toward Southern California on Sep. 14, 1997. Large swells from a southerly direction brought damaging surf, beach erosion, rip currents, and coastal flooding."

Meanwhile, in the North Atlantic, Hurricane Cristobal, a category 1 storm on Friday was located a few hundred miles east of Newfoundland.

"Swells generated by Cristobal are affecting Bermuda and the New England coast," warned the National Hurricane Center, "and will also affect portions of the southern coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland during the next day or so. These swells will likely produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."


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