High wind, surf advisories in effect for San Diego County

SAN DIEGO - Big waves crashed along south San Diego County beaches Wednesday as high winds swept valley and mountain areas.

A high surf advisory for south San Diego County beaches was in effect and scheduled to expire at 4 p.m. Until then,  waves of up to eight feet are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

"Waves may be breaking over jetties with the larger set waves," according to an NWS advisory. "Lulls between the larger set waves may last up to 30 minutes ... Surf heights should subside below 7 feet late (this) afternoon."

Minor beach erosion and minor coastal flooding are possible, and very strong rip currents are likely, forecasters said.

Mike Grone was taking a breather on the sea wall at Ocean Beach after a tough surfing session.

"Just endless walls of water smacking you directly in the face," Grone told 10News. 

He went out with his friend, Eric Dobko, who has been surfing for the past 12 years. He described the waves as aquatic hell.

"It was like being drowned," Dobko said through laughter. "It felt like waterboarding." 

10News caught up with Ellen Kinser before she started her workout routine at Dog Beach.

"The beach is just a good atmosphere to come down, and I like to hula hoop," Kinser said. "It's typically pretty boring."

She said she enjoys it when surfers come out.

"It distracts you," she added with a smile. "That's how you get through a workout… The boys are pretty; we don’t mind watching."

Grone seemed happy to help.

"It’s all about the babes… 100 percent," he said.

High winds, meanwhile, buffeted valley and mountains areas, where a wind advisory was scheduled to be in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.

"Surface high pressure over the Great Basin and east flow aloft will bring moderate to locally strong northeast to east winds through early (this) afternoon," according to an NWS advisory. "Winds will strengthen again late this evening through Thursday morning, gradually weakening through Thursday evening."

Sustained winds in and below mountain passes Wednesday were expected to be between 20 and 30 miles per hour, gusting at up to 50 mph. Isolated gusts of up to 60 mph are possible, according to the weather service. In the valleys, sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected, along with 40-mph gusts.

"The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high-profile vehicles," according to an NWS advisory, which urged motorists to beware of broken tree limbs and downed power lines.

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