Updated June 28, 2018 05:21:12 When the sky is clear and the surf is rolling, the surf-loving California town of Glass Beach is about to get a lot less sunny, thanks to an unlikely culprit.
A new report from TripAdvisor suggests that a large-scale sandstorm that has swept through the area has washed away thousands of tons of sand.
The storm, which began at around 9 a.m.
PT on Wednesday and was forecast to remain for up to an hour, was centered over the Santa Cruz Islands.
The sandstorms, which are typically the result of El Niño, were expected to cause a massive sandstorm over the area by Wednesday evening.
The report also found that sand was “tremendously” dense and had “a strong impact” on the surf, which is typically between 10 to 15 feet.
While there’s no way to quantify how much sand is being washed away, TripAdvis says that it would “be a mistake to dismiss this event as insignificant.”
The sandstorm caused widespread power outages, which were alleviated by the presence of power lines in the area.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services also issued an advisory on Wednesday advising residents to “take all precautions to protect their property, equipment, and personal property from the effects of this event.”
However, according to the report, the sandstorm was not expected to be a “major threat” to tourism in the immediate future.
According to TripAdvocacy, sandstorms have been happening in California in recent years, and this one is especially worrisome.
While the impact is minimal, Tripadvisor warns that the storms are “highly likely to have a significant impact on tourism.”
In an article on its website, TripAdvocate writes that the sandstorms are a “direct result of the El Niño and La Niña cycles that have been occurring over the Pacific Northwest for the last few years.”
According to the group, these “cycles” are “predictable, long-term events that typically result in more severe weather events.”
The storm was also accompanied by strong winds that caused the area to experience the highest wind gusts in the state on Wednesday.
The event is currently forecast to last for a little over 24 hours.