waves in Malibu
Photo by John Schreiber.

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal hazard advisory for beaches in Southern California. According to their report:

Strong storms in the Gulf of Alaska have created a series of long period northwest swells that will move through the Southwest California coastal waters this week. The large swells will bring an extended period of high surf to area beaches through the
weekend.

High surf will build to 7 to 10 feet today, then continue into Wednesday night before slowly subsiding.
Local sets to 12 feet are possible today and tonight, especially at exposed locations such as Ventura Pier.

Surf will decrease some very late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Another large, long period swell will likely move into the waters Thursday night. Even larger surf is expected Friday, possibly averaging 8 to 12 feet. Local sets to 15 feet are possible near Ventura Harbor. High surf will likely continue into the weekend, with surf slowly decreasing late in the weekend.

Large, powerful, and dangerous waves with strong currents will create an increased risk of drownings. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash over previously dry beaches and jetties. There will be also a high risk of life-threatening rip currents. Damaging breaking waves are possible near the entrance of the Ventura Harbor. Local flooding of low lying beach parking lots will be possible with the high surf.

A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area…producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions. 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.

Staff and wire reports

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