San Luis Obispo County Central Coast Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Beach Hazard Statement
Statement as of 1:59 AM PST on December 18, 2014

...Beach hazards statement in effect from late Friday night through Sunday evening...

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a beach hazards statement for possible high surf...which is in effect from late Friday night through Sunday evening.

* Surf and timing...surf heights may exceed 10 feet as early as midnight on Friday. The peak of the event will likely occur on Saturday when 15 to 20 foot breakers...with local sets to 25 feet will be possible for exposed northwest facing beaches. Surf should gradually subside through Sunday...but may remain above 10 feet through late Sunday evening. A high surf advisory will likely be issued with this event as it gets closer and confidence in timing increases.

* Impacts...impacts may include significant beach erosion...damage to structures such as piers...minor coastal flooding...dangerous rip currents...and sneaker waves.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats to beach and surf zone safety are expected or occurring. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Stay near occupied lifeguard towers and never swim alone. If caught in a rip current...swim parallel to the shore.