High Surf Advisory issued January 18 at 12:06PM PST until January 20 at 9:00PM PST by NWS Oxnard
Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands; Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles; Ventura County Coast
...AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT WEST AND NORTHWEST
FACING BEACHES THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...
...DAMAGING WARNING LEVEL SURF LIKELY FOR THE CENTRAL COAST
BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON...
.A very large and energetic northwest swell spreading into the
coastal waters is expected to arrive on the Central Coast this
afternoon. This new swell will likely bring damaging warning
level surf of 15 to 20 feet with local sets to 25 feet to west and
northwest facing beaches of the Central Coast beginning this
afternoon. The large breaking waves could produce some minor
coastal flooding, mainly of parking lots, especially near the time
of high tides through Saturday.
On west facing beaches south of Point Conception. surf will also
build later today and tonight, peaking at 8 to 12 feet tonight
and Friday. Local sets to 15 feet are possible on exposed west
facing locations such as Ventura Harbor.
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST SATURDAY...
* SURF AND TIMING...Surf is expected to build today, peaking at
8 to 12 feet late tonight and Friday. Sets to 15 feet are
possible at exposed locations such as Ventura Pier. High surf
will slowly subside by Saturday evening.
* IMPACTS...Large, powerful, and dangerous waves with strong
currents will create an increased risk in drownings. Sneaker
waves can suddenly wash over previously dry beaches and
jetties. There will be also a high risk of life-threatening
rip currents. Damaging breaking waves are possible near the
entrance of the Ventura Harbor. Local flooding of low lying
beach parking lots will be possible with the high surf.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area...producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions. 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.