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Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 3:53 PM PST Jan. 21, 2019 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through Tuesday

* hazards... surf of 6 to 8 feet with strong rip currents is
expected through Tuesday morning on west to northwest facing
beaches. The combination of surf and high astronomical tides
will result in minor tidal overflow in low lying areas. High
tides will be between 6.5 to 7 feet around 10 am Tuesday.

* Impacts... there is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip
currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large
breaking waves can cause injury... wash people off beaches and
rocks... and capsize small boats near shore.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip
currents... longshore currents... sneaker waves and other hazards
create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Swim near a
lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don't
swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following
the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or
wave for help.

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