- 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