High Surf Expected To Slam Santa Monica Beaches

SANTA MONICA, CA — The National Weather Service Monday issued a high surf advisory through Wednesday for Los Angeles County beaches, including Catalina and the Santa Barbara Islands.

The beach hazards statement warns of elevated surf of 4 to 6 feet with dangerous rip currents, according to the NWS. Surf will be highest on west-facing beaches beginning 8 pm Monday through 8 pm Wednesday.

People were warned of dangerous surf conditions and urged to stay out of the water or stay near occupied lifeguard towers.

“Stay off rocks and rock jetties, as they can be deadly locations in such conditions,” the NWS reports.

“There is an increased risk of drowning due to the dangerous conditions,” according to the NWS. “Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Waves can wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats nearshore.”

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