Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

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Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 1:27 PM PDT Jul. 27, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement now in effect from Saturday morning
through Tuesday evening...

* surf and hazards... a long-period southerly swell will likely
bring building surf across south-facing Southern California
beaches late Friday night into Sunday. The surf will likely peak
between late Sunday and Monday. There is a potential for high
surf up to 7 feet starting as early as Sunday... continuing
through Monday for the south-facing beaches of Los Angeles and
Ventura counties. Strong rip currents and longshore currents
will be likely during this time period.

* Impacts... there is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip
currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large
breaking waves can wash people off beaches and rocks... and
capsize small boats near shore.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip
currents... longshore currents... sneaker waves and other hazards
create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Swim near a
lifeguard. If caught in a rip current... relax and float. Don't
swim against the current. If able... swim in a direction following
the shoreline. If unable to escape... face the shore and call or
wave for help.


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