Beach Hazards Warning in Effect
December 24, 2020
Beach hazards warning is in effect for the Los Angeles coast, including Santa Monica, the National Weather Service reported Monday.
Dangerous rip currents and breaking waves due to elevated surf of 3 to 6 feet are expected through Tuesday night from Santa Barbara County's South Coast to Los Angeles County, Catalina, Santa Barbara Islands to Orange County, NWS reports.
High tides could reach about 7 feet each morning and could produce minor coastal flooding, according to NWS.
"There is an increased risk of ocean drowning," officials said. "Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Waves can wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore."
"Pooling of seawater is possible around high tide at beach and harbor areas that is uncommon with normal tidal ranges," officials said.
No significant damage is expected, but the NWS warns people to be cautious.
"Remain out of the water due to hazardous swimming conditions, or stay near occupied lifeguard towers," officials said. "Rock jetties can be deadly in such conditions, stay off the rocks.”