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Fisherman get out of dodge while others look to get front row seat of the storm in Avila Beach

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 02:30:54-05

The rain and strong winds didn't stop people from heading to the beach to watch the storm roll in.

The Port San Luis Harbor Patrol says fishing boats in the harbor left early to get out of harms way, while others wanted a front row seat.

"I've never seen this before and it's just really phenomenal to see an actual storm because it's been so many years," Morgan Molnar, who came to watch the waves, said.

Some drove from near and far to get a closer look as others risked it all to hang ten.

Surfer in the Port San Luis Harbor, 1/27/2021

Restaurants in the Port San Luis Harbor like Fat Cats Cafe say, however, the turnout is not as large as in years past.

"Pre-pandemic, we would have the insides full of storm watchers coming to watch the waves and watch the boats rock, but during this time only having the outside really puts a stress on the business for sure," Caress Coho, Front of House Manager for Fat Cats Cafe, said.

Fishermen leaving the harbor for safety cost the restaurant a few of their regulars as well.

With rain expected to continue through Thursday, the business says they're preparing for things to stay slow.

"I would guess it's going to be very similar to right now - very few people. [We will be] just trying to stay warm and dry and do some extra cleaning - that's what we do when there's nothing else to do," Coho said.

Harbor Patrol says they are on standby and will continue to do patrols of the roadways and waterways as this storm continues.