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  • Beach Hazards Statement for Santa Barbara County Central Coast County, California
  • Beach Hazards Statement issued January 18 at 3:58AM PST until January 20 at 9:00PM PST by NWS
  • Effective: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:58 a.m.
  • Expires: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9 p.m.
  • ...AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT WEST AND NORTHWEST
    FACING BEACHES THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...
    ...DAMAGING WARNING LEVEL SURF LIKELY FOR THE CENTRAL COAST
    BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON...
    .High surf has subsided some at most beaches early this morning.
    However, very large and energetic northwest swell spreading into
    the coastal waters is expected to arrive on the Central Coast
    by afternoon. This new swell will likely bring damaging warning
    level surf of 15 to 20 feet with local sets to 25 feet to west and
    northwest facing beaches of the Central Coast beginning this
    afternoon. The large breaking waves could produce some minor
    coastal flooding, mainly of parking lots, especially near the time
    of high tides through Saturday.
    On west facing beaches south of Point Conception. surf will also
    build later today and tonight, peaking at 8 to 12 feet tonight
    and Friday. Local sets to 15 feet are possible on exposed west
    facing locations such as Ventura Harbor.
    ...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...
    The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a
    Beach Hazards Statement for elevated surf and a high risk of rip
    currents, which is in effect through Saturday evening.
    * HAZARDS...Surf of 3 to 6 feet is expected on west facing beaches
    through Saturday evening. Local sets to 7 feet are possible
    near Rincon Point.
    * IMPACTS...There is an increased risk for 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.

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