Strong rip currents, large surf to hit San Diego coastline

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SAN DIEGO -- Strong rip currents, larger than normal surf and coastal flooding could be possible along the San Diego County coastline Tuesday as a swell resulting from Hurricane Marie moves into Southern California, forecasters said.
 
The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the county's coastal areas, which is set to take effect at 9 a.m. and extend through late Thursday night.
 
"The swell will produce large surf, strong rip currents and strong longshore currents today through Thursday," according to the weather service statement. "Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion are possible as well."
 
Surf of 8 to 10 feet are expected to hit the beaches of northern Orange County today and become more widespread by Wednesday.
 
Forecasters said the surf along San Diego County beaches would likely stay under 7 feet, but could increase as the swell turns more southwesterly Wednesday and Thursday. However, particularly strong rip currents and longshore currents are expected through Thursday, according to the statement.
 
Forecasters said 3- to 5-foot surf would begin to show up at beaches north of Oceanside today, and 4-to 6-foot surf would extend south to Carlsbad on Wednesday. Surf of 4 to 6 feet with sets of up to 7 feet is expected in southern Carlsbad on Thursday.
 
The currents could result in dangerous swimming and surfing conditions, according to the weather service. Beachgoers were advised to obey posted warning signs, use caution in and around the water and to swim near a lifeguard.
 
The southerly swell is expected to fade Wednesday night into Thursday, the NWS statement said.

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