HIgh surf and rip currents expected, minor flooding possible along coastline
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Minor flooding along the San Diego County coastline will be possible Friday, which will be followed by strong rip currents and higher than normal surf this weekend, forecasters said.
A National Weather Service beach hazards statement is in effect through Monday evening.
“Evening high tides of or slightly greater than 7 feet today through Monday may produce minor tidal overflow along low-lying beach areas,” according to the weather service statement.
Forecasters said low-lying beach areas that would be particularly susceptible to minor flooding included beach parking lots and possibly some adjacent roads in Oceanside, La Jolla and Imperial Beach.
Elevated surf and strong rip currents are expected to develop late Saturday and persist through early Monday, the NWS said. The 2- to 4-foot surf that may show up at southwest facing beaches through Saturday morning is expected to increase to 3- to 5- foot surf Saturday afternoon.
Forecasters said the surf was higher than usual due to a series of moderate to long period 2- to 3-foot south swells. The elevated surf is expected to contribute to the tidal flooding threat, especially on Sunday evening when the tides and surf will peak.
“These swells may also produce strong rip currents and longshore currents at area beaches, mainly late Saturday into early Monday,” according to the NWS.
The currents could result in dangerous swimming conditions, especially for those with little experience in the water, 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 swell and surf are expected to begin to lower Monday, and tides will drop below 7 feet Monday night, forecasters said.