Hurricane Hilary to bring San Diego beaches powerful rip currents, high surf

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Before heading out to the beach this weekend, swimmers and surfers alike should prepare for high surf and potentially dangerous rip currents. 

Hurricane Hilary continued to strengthen in the Pacific Ocean ahead of this final weekend in July pushing large waves up the Southern California coastline and prompting the issuance of a National Weather Service beach hazard statement.

10News meteorologist Megan Parry said beach-goers could see waves from 5 to 7 feet Friday through Monday and sets to 9 feet. Waves are expected to peak late Saturday into Tuesday and should be most pronounced at beaches north of Carlsbad.  

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Make sure to check in with the lifeguard on duty before you go into the water. Ask the lifeguard where to find the safest place to swim. 

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If you find yourself caught in a rip current, NWS says to relax and float. Don't swim against the current. If you're able to, swim in the direction following the shoreline. If you can't escape, face the shore and call or wave for help. 

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