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

Watches & Warnings

High Surf Advisory
Issued: 2:28 PM PST Jan. 16, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High surf advisory remains in effect until 6 am PST Thursday...

* surf and timing... high surf will build to 12 to 16 feet at
beaches along the central coast today, with local sets to 18
to 20 feet. High surf will continue through Wednesday, then
surf will subside slowly Wednesday night.

* Outlook... another large, long period swell will likely move
into the waters Thursday afternoon. Even larger surf is
possible late Thursday through Friday, with the potential for
damaging surf of 15 to 20 feet with sets to 25 feet or higher.
High surf will slowly decrease by Sunday.

* Impacts... large, powerful, and dangerous waves with strong
currents will create an increased risk in drownings. Sneaker
waves can suddenly wash over previously dry beaches and
jetties. There will be also a high risk of life-threatening
rip currents. Damaging breaking waves are possible near the
entrance of the Morro Bay Harbor. Local flooding of low lying
beach parking lots will be possible with the high surf.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area... producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions. Swim near a lifeguard. If caught
in a rip current, relax and float. Don't swim against the
current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If
unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.





High Surf Advisory
Issued: 2:28 PM PST Jan. 16, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High surf advisory remains in effect until 6 am PST Thursday...

* surf and timing... high surf will build to 12 to 16 feet at
beaches along the central coast today, with local sets to 18
to 20 feet. High surf will continue through Wednesday, then
surf will subside slowly Wednesday night.

* Outlook... another large, long period swell will likely move
into the waters Thursday afternoon. Even larger surf is
possible late Thursday through Friday, with the potential for
damaging surf of 15 to 20 feet with sets to 25 feet or higher.
High surf will slowly decrease by Sunday.

* Impacts... large, powerful, and dangerous waves with strong
currents will create an increased risk in drownings. Sneaker
waves can suddenly wash over previously dry beaches and
jetties. There will be also a high risk of life-threatening
rip currents. Damaging breaking waves are possible near the
entrance of the Morro Bay Harbor. Local flooding of low lying
beach parking lots will be possible with the high surf.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area... producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions. Swim near a lifeguard. If caught
in a rip current, relax and float. Don't swim against the
current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If
unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.