Coastal Hazard Warning Today South OC Beaches Surf 4 to 6 Feet

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COASTAL HAZARD 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. SWIMMERS SHOULD ALWAYS
SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.

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