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Storms Sending Big Swells Toward SoCal Coast

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just in time the Labor Day weekend, two Southern Hemisphere storms and Hurricane Ileana are sending big swells toward Southern California beaches.

The National Weather Service says large surf will arrive on Friday and peak with sets near 10 feet on Saturday and Sunday along south-facing beaches.

Forecasters say dangerous rip currents will be possible through the holiday weekend, and Friday’s full moon will increase the chance of beach erosion and minor coastal flooding during high tides.

High surf advisories will be in effect through 6 p.m. Monday.

Hurricane Ileana is in the open Pacific west of Mexico. As of midafternoon Thursday it was 315 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, with sustained winds of 85 mph and moving northwest at 6 mph. The National Hurricane Center says no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

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