LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Strong rip currents will create dangerous swimming conditions Friday along Los Angeles County’s beaches, according to the National Weather Service.

A beach hazard statement will be in effect along the L.A. County coastline until 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

“A long-period west swell will build surf to 3 to 6 feet today and linger through Saturday morning,” said an NWS statement. “Strong rip currents will increase the risk of ocean drowning. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches and rock jetties.”

The biggest waves are expected on exposed west-facing beaches, including Hermosa, Redondo, Manhattan and Venice beaches, according to forecasters.

The same forecast said there was only a “moderate rip current threat” in Orange County, however, the NWS statement said the currents could be “life-threatening.” The highest waves will be north of Newport Beach and south of Del Mar.

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