Orange County Coastal Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 2:01 PM PDT Aug. 17, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement now in effect through Saturday
evening...

* waves and surf... 3 to 6 ft surf along south-facing beaches of
Orange and northern San Diego counties. Isolated sets to 9 ft
at favored spots in Orange County.

* Timing... through Saturday evening.

* Impacts... increased risk of ocean drowning from elevated surf
and strong rip currents. Rip currents can pull swimmers and
surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can wash people off
jetties and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong
rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow, or
lightning are possible at local beaches. Obey posted warning
signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use
caution when in or near the water and always swim near a
lifeguard.