Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A large storm system in the Gulf of Alaska will produce large and possibly damaging surf for the beaches of Southern California beginning Saturday evening and continuing into early next week.

The National Weather Service said the west-facing beaches of Los Angeles County can expect surf heights of 6 to 10 feet, with maximum sets to 15 feet possible for exposed areas.

A high surf advisory goes into effect at 9 p.m. and continues until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Surf in some areas may be large enough to cause damage to structures such as piers. Beach erosion is also likely, while minor coastal flooding is possible.

The weather service said inexperienced swimmers and surfers should stay out of the water. Beachgoers should also stay off of rock walls and jetties, as sneaker waves can knock people into the water.

The forecast for central Los Angeles from Malibu to Long Beach calls for patchy drizzle in the morning followed by mostly cloudy conditions with higs in the low to mid 60s. Lows overnight will be around 50.

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