High surf, strong rip currents expected
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Surfboards taking a rest at Tourmaline Surf Beach in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Surfboards taking a rest at Tourmaline Surf Beach in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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Higher than average surf and strong rip currents could wreak havoc along the San Diego County coastline Wednesday, July 29.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement warning of potentially dangerous rip currents and surf is set to remain in effect through this evening.

“Strong rip currents and elevated surf will result in very dangerous swimming conditions,” a weather service statement said. “Swimmers in shallow water may unexpectedly get pulled out by the rip currents or the larger breaking waves.”

Waves and surf of up to 5 feet and sets of up to 6 feet were expected at southwest facing beaches, forecasters said.

Rip currents are typically stronger and more frequent around jetties, inlets and piers. Forecasters said swimmers should know how to escape a rip current by swimming parallel to the coast before heading back to shore.

The NWS said the long-period southwest swell that was creating conditions favorable for rip currents and elevated surf was expected to decrease through Thursday.
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