Meteorologists Warn of High Surf

High surf and dangerous rip currents may affect west-facing beaches in Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.

A high surf advisory in will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for west- and northwest-facing beaches of Los Angeles C, according to the National Weather Service.

"The combination of northwest swell from a Pacific storm system and strong northwest winds will produce large surf for southwest California beaches, along with an elevated risk of rip currents," according to forecasters.

Meteorologists predict 5- to 7-foot waves with a few sets reaching 9 feet on wind-exposed beaches. Conditions will be rough and choppy due to the gusty northwest winds. Public whale-watching cruises out of Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach and Voyager VI Excursions for Wednesday have all been canceled, and Redondo Sportfishing announced that all public sportfishing charters were canceled.

The high surf will peak Wednesday and subside by the evening.

"Dangerous rip currents will affect beaches in the advisory area, posing a threat to swimmers," according to meteorologists. "In addition, sneaker waves can suddenly inundate beaches and wash over jetties … Swimmers, waders and those walking along the shoreline or along jetties should be watchful for these dangerous conditions and be prepared to quickly move away from the water."


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