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Beach Hazard Statement

Status

New Event Expired

Start Time

Fri 10/12/2018 04:40 AM EDT

End Time

Mon 10/15/2018 01:00 AM EDT

Significance

Statement

Impacts

Low impact

Full Alert Message

Coastal Hazard Message National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA 140 AM PDT Fri Oct 12 2018 CAZ040-041-087-121645- /O.CAN.KLOX.SU.Y.0018.000000T0000Z-181013T0600Z/ /O.NEW.KLOX.BH.S.0015.181012T0840Z-181015T0500Z/ Ventura County Coast- Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles- Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands- 140 AM PDT Fri Oct 12 2018 ...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING... ...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS CANCELLED... The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for higher than normal surf and strong rip currents, which is in effect through Sunday evening. The High Surf Advisory has been cancelled. * SURF AND RIP CURRENTS....Surf will peak around 4 to 6 feet with local sets to 7 feet this morning across south to southwest facing beaches. The surf will subside to 3 to 5 feet with local sets to 6 feet later today and persist through Sunday. There will continue to be a moderate period swell along with the elevated surf which will continue to bring a chance for strong rip currents through the period. * COASTAL FLOOD...Since the surf is lower than originally anticipated, and although the high astronomical tides will be near 5.7 feet late this morning, the chances of minor coastal flooding will not be an issue for the favored south to southwest facing beaches including Long Beach area. * 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. Pooling of sea water is possible around high tide at beach and harbor areas that is uncommon with normal tidal ranges. 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. &&