Dangerous rip currents expected to hit San Diego beaches

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SAN DIEGO — Strong rip currents and high surf are expected along

the San Diego County coastline starting Thursday afternoon, which could result

in dangerous swimming conditions for Thanksgiving beachgoers.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory today for the

county’s coastal areas, which will go into effect at 2 p.m. Thursday and extend

until 6 p.m. Friday. Surf of 5-7 feet with sets of up to 9 feet are expected

along west-facing beaches.

NWS meteorologists said strong rip currents were likely, especially

during later morning and early afternoon hours as the high tide transitions to

low tide.

Minor flooding in low-lying coastal areas, such as beach parking lots,

and localized beach erosion could also be possible, forecasters said.

National Weather Service meteorologists said a large west-northwest

swell generated by a low pressure system over the Eastern Pacific would affect

coastal waters starting Thursday afternoon and would peak Thursday night into

Friday morning. The swell and surf are expected to lessen Friday evening,

forecasters said.