Elevated Surf and 4 to 6 Foot Swells Expected through Thursday For South OC Beaches

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Photo Courtesy of Karin Horlick at karinppl@gmail.com

MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
642 AM PDT TUE SEP 16 2014

…STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED SURF THROUGH THURSDAY…

.A LONG-PERIOD SOUTH-SOUTHWEST SWELL PRODUCED BY A SOUTHERN
HEMISPHERE STORM WILL PRODUCE ELEVATED SURF…AND STRONG RIP AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS AT THE ORANGE AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY BEACHES THROUGH THURSDAY. HIGHEST SURF WILL BE ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES. THE SWELL WILL GRADUALLY LOWER FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND.

…BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED SURF…WHICH
IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

* WAVES AND SURF…4 TO 6 FEET ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES. 2
TO 4 FEET ELSEWHERE.

* RIP CURRENTS…WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS RIP AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS.

* TIMING…THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…THE ELEVATED SURF…STRONG RIP CURRENTS…AND
LONGSHORE CURRENTS WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS SWIMMING
CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY FOR INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR RIP CURRENTS MEANS THAT CONDITIONS
ARE PRESENT TO SUPPORT A HEIGHTENED RISK OF STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
RIP CURRENTS ARE TYPICALLY MORE FREQUENT AND STRONGER IN THE
VICINITY OF JETTIES…INLETS…AND PIERS. SWIMMERS CAUGHT IN A RIP
CURRENT SHOULD SWIM PARALLEL TO THE COAST TO ESCAPE THE RIP
CURRENT BEFORE TRYING TO SWIM FOR SHORE.

Coastal Hazard Alert for South OC Beaches Today

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Aliso Creek Beach Photo Courtesy of Karin Horlick

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Coastal Hazard Alert for South Facing Beaches in Orange County this morning. Elevated Surf and Strong Rip Currents are possible. Minor Tidal Flooding is possible during High Tide.
A 4 TO 6 FOOT SOUTHERLY SWELL WITH 10-12 SECOND PERIOD WILL
ARRIVE ALONG SOUTH FACING BEACHES FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE NORBERT.
THIS SWELL WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCAL MINOR TIDAL
FLOODING AT TIMES OF HIGH TIDE. THE ELEVATED SURF AND LARGE TIDAL
SWINGS WILL MEAN STRONG RIP AND LONG SHORE CURRENTS AT AREA
BEACHES. SWELL AND SURF WILL DECREASE AFTER LATE MONDAY NIGHT.
WAVES AND SURF…4 TO 6 FEET WITH LOCAL SETS OF 7 TO 8 FEET ON
FAVORED SOUTH FACING BEACHES OF ORANGE COUNTY
DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY FOR INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS. LOCAL MINOR FLOODING OF LOW-LYING BEACH AREAS POSSIBLE DURING TIMES OF HIGH TIDE TODAY.
A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THREATS SUCH AS STRONG RIP CURRENTS…ELEVATED SURF HEIGHTS…MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW…OR LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE AT LOCAL BEACHES. OBEY POSTED WARNING SIGNS AND FLAGS AND TALK TO A LIFEGUARD BEFORE SWIMMING. USE CAUTION WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER AND ALWAYS SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.
For more information please link to NWS

Rushing to the Waves: Doheny Early This Morning

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Photo by south oc beaches

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Hazard Message at 2:03a.m. on Wednesday August 27 2014. Large South Swells from Hurricane Marie will build to 10 feet this morning. The swell will produce large surf, strong rip currents and strong longshore currents through Friday.
Surf of 8 to 10 Feet will become more widespread today and Thursday across Orange County. Occasional sets at some beaches during this time could reach 12 to 15 Feet. High Surf could continue in Orange County Beaches through Friday. Waves could top at 15 Feet today and be as high as 10 feet Thursday.
Impacts will be greatest along the beaches of Orange County where damage to Piers and other structures is possible. Some beach erosion is possible. The large surf with very strong rip currents and longshore currents will create extremely dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.Occasionally larger waves can appear unexpectedly and wash over rocks and jetties near the waters edge.
Link to the NWS for more information:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=ca&prodtype=allwarnings

Hurricane Marie Greets Doheny State Beach with Large Swells

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Capo Beach at 6:30p.m. pst on Tuesday August 26 2014
(photo by David Crane for South OC Beaches)

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Hazard Message at 6:26pm on Tuesday August 26 2014. Large South Swells from Hurricane Marie will build to 10 feet tonight. The swell will produce large surf, strong rip currents and strong longshore currents through Thursday.
Surf of 8 to 10 Feet will become more widespread tonight and Wednesday across Orange County. Occasional sets at some beaches during this time could reach 12 to 15 Feet.
Impacts will be greatest along the beaches of Orange County where damage to Piers and other structures is possible. Some beach erosion is possible. The large surf with very strong rip currents and longshore currents will create extremely dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.Occasionally larger waves can appear unexpectedly and wash over rocks and jetties near the waters edge.
Link to the NWS for more information:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=ca&prodtype=warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Hazard Message For Orange County

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At 8:28 pm The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Hazard Message for Orange County. They warned of possible large surf, strong rip currents, minor tidal overflow and minor beach erosion Tuesday night through Thursday Afternoon.
They said that large swells will develop from Hurricane Marie.
The swells could increase to around 10 Feet at the San Clemente Basin Buoy.
The National Weather Service is uncertain of the exact size of the surf and the timing of the largest swells and surf.
For more information please connect to the national weather service at
http://www.twitter.com/NWSSanDiego