Hurricane Rosa to bring high surf, thunderstorms to San Diego's coast

Posted at 1:00 PM, Sep 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-29 16:00:55-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A swell from Hurricane Rosa were expected to bring high surf and rip currents to Southern California beaches Saturday, and rain from the remnants of the storm will likely fall in the region early this week.

Surf will begin rising Saturday night, and it's expected to peak Sunday evening through Monday evening before decreasing into Tuesday, National Weather Service forecaster Noel Isla said.

Waves of three to five feet with sets to seven feet were predicted for San Diego County beaches, he said.

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The swell direction was expected to give south-facing beaches the highest surf, and sets as high as 10 feet were predicted for some Orange County beaches.

Rip currents caused by the swell could make conditions dangerous for inexperienced swimmers and surfers, who could be pulled out to sea.

Rain also was expected to begin rolling into the San Diego area late Sunday, with most of it expected on Tuesday, Isla said. Thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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"For the San Diego area, we're looking at maybe a quarter to three quarters of an inch (of rain)," Isla said.

San Diego County will miss the brunt of the moisture, which could bring up to a year's worth of rain to the arid Imperial Valley and parts of Arizona.