High surf and tides coming this morning

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Get your sandbags ready, if you live near the beach in Southern California.

The National Weather Service put out a high surf advisory detailing the increase in the tides, coupled with high surf conditions, with the highest tides and surf expected Wednesday morning. The advisory says, “Very high tides will threaten some coastal areas with flooding today (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Higher surf will combine with the high tides to increase the threat of coastal flooding on Thursday. Tides and surf will subside on Friday.”

Residents in coastal areas from Santa Barbara south through San Diego County are advised to get sandbags for their homes and businesses as they NWS is expecting, “… a risk of minor coastal flooding during this time.”

According to the NWS, the highest tides will be seven to eight feet, and surf is expected to be three to six feet, with the highest surf on the beaches facing west and northwest. “Tides will be astronomically high during the late morning hours today (Tuesday). Some minor coastal flooding is possible around the time of high tide in susceptible low-lying areas.”

They also said, “The large surf will result in minor beach erosion and frequent strong rip currents.”

Areas of most concern: Point Conception, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Malibu and Alamitos Bay.

San Diego will experience the same as Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In San Diego the beaches that will be most effected: Sunset, La Jolla Shores, Imperial, Cardiff and Oceanside.

In Orange County Seal Beach is the only beach on the list as an area of most concern. But the NWS advises all beach areas to prepare for “minor coastal flooding.”

“Minor flooding of low-lying ares along the beach … including beach parking lots and possibly adjacent streets. Strong rip currents are expected … peaking on Thursday.”

The high surf advisory is due to a “large storm system extending across the Central Pacific [Ocean].”

The NWS added this precaution: “A beach hazard statement for large shore break means that conditions are present to support large breaking waves in shallow water. These large breaking waves can lead to back and neck injuries. Swimmers should avoid swimming in areas of large shore break and always swim near a lifeguard. Be sure to always keep your eyes on the ocean.”

If you think you will need sandbags for your residence or business go to your neighborhood fire station. The high surf and tide conditions should subside by Friday.

(Photo of La Jolla Shores by Tim Forkes)