LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Entering the ocean could be particularly treacherous this weekend due to a strong swell that’ll continue through Saturday night while causing rip currents.
A “beach hazards statement” issued by the National Weather Service will be in effect until 11 p.m. for the Los Angeles County coastline and through 10 p.m. in Orange County.READ MORE: As 49er Fans Descend Upon The Southland, Rams Fans Prep For NFC Championship
“A moderate, long-period south swell will bring elevated surf and large breaking waves to coastal areas through Saturday evening,” according to the NWS.
“Surf will average 5 to 8 feet on the Central Coast and 3 to 6 feet with local sets to 7 feet across Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including Catalina Island. Surf will be highest on exposed south-facing beaches.”READ MORE: Firefighters Discover Human Remains After Putting Out RV Fire In Wilmington
In Orange County, waves 4 to 6 feet were expected Friday, with local sets up to 8 feet. Surf on Saturday is expected to range from 4 to 6 feet. Southwest-facing beaches will experience the highest surf.
Forecasters warned swimmers of dangerous rip currents, which “can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea.”
The NWS also warned of large breaking waves that could knock people off rocks and jetties.MORE NEWS: 'Is He Alive? Is He Alright?' Family Left With Nothing But Questions After Ricky McGhee's Disappearance Weeks Ago
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