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

Beach Hazard Statement
Statement as of 8:42 AM PDT on August 27, 2014

...Beach hazards statement remains in effect through Friday afternoon...

* surf and rip will range from 4 to 6 feet and strong rip currents will exist at times today through Friday.

* south facing shores...including Jalama beach in Santa Barbara County as well as Port San Luis...Avila Beach...and Cayucos in San Luis Obispo County.

* Impacts...the surf with very strong rip currents and long shore currents will create dangerous swimming and surfing conditions. Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly large waves across rocks and jetties near the Waters Edge...and suddenly inundate beaches. South swells also have a history of producing damage to boats docked at Port San Luis.

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.