LOS ANGELES—The Coast Guard advises the public to exercise caution when on and around central and southern California beaches as a combination of larger sea swells and tides due to the effects of tropical cyclone Dolores may be present.
Dolores will move west-northwest well off the southern tip of Baja over the next few days, generating a large south to southeast swell that will impact the southwest California coast starting today. Swell size will gradually increase over the weekend, peaking Sunday into early Monday. The swell is expected to result in surf up to seven feet and may create rip currents.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a Beach Hazards Statement that will remain in effect through Monday afternoon. Hazards include breaking surf of 4 to 7 feet with max sets to 8 feet on south facing beaches. There will be a high risk of strong and frequent rip currents, elevated surf and beach erosion.
A Beach Hazards Statement is issued when threats to beach and surf zone safety are expected or occurring. Caution should be used when on or near the water. Stay near occupied towers and never swim alone. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore.
The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and beach goers to prepare for the potential hazards and keep advised of weather changes through the National Weather Service and to monitor VHF-FM channel 16 for the most current safety advisories.
“We strongly urge the public to exercise caution when visiting local beaches over the weekend, due to the different swell direction there may be large breaking waves present in areas that are normally calm,” said Chief Petty Officer Joseph J. Nilles, Officer-in-Charge, U.S. Coast Guard Station Morro Bay.
The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:
- Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
- Wear life jackets while on the water.
- File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, vessel’s destination and expected time of return.
- Always have a working marine-band radio on board.
- Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
- Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.
For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.
Please visit the NOAA Website at www.noaa.gov for the most up to date information on the storm.