Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

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Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 1:19 AM PDT Aug. 18, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through this
evening...

* hazards... strong rip currents and surf of 3 to 6 feet mainly
on south facing beaches. Isolated surf to 7 feet will be
possible at times.

* Timing... through this evening.

* Impacts... there is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip
currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker
waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches and rock
jetties.

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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