Big waves expected at SoCal beaches: swimmers, surfers warned

A warning if you're planning to head to Southern California beaches: Dangerous surf is on the way, with monster waves in some spots.
Monday, August 25, 2014
A warning if you're planning to head to Southern California beaches: Dangerous surf is on the way, with monster waves in some spots, beginning Tuesday.

Lifeguards are warning people to be extra careful while swimming in the ocean.

Waves have been barreling into Manhattan Beach, something locals have not seen in a while. And it's only going to get bigger because of Hurricane Marie, according to the National Weather Service.

The Category 4 storm continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, causing strong currents and high surf at beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, a welcome sight for some surfers.

"To see a swell like this is just so refreshing, considering how many dead winters we had, and to have a summer to follow up," said surfer Ryan Crosley.

But the waves can quickly turn deadly. Breakers could reach 10-15 feet, creating dangerous conditions and the potential for flooding and damage to homes.

It's a time when lifeguards are extra vigilant and they want you to be careful.

"If they're going to go down to the beach and they're going to enter the water, make sure they check in with a lifeguard beforehand, before any swimming activity," said L.A. County Lifeguard A.J. Lester. "With that high of surf, it can be really dangerous, and rips can just sweep you right off the beach."

Lester also asks people to stay off rocks and jetties and to keep a close eye on children.

Already this summer, lifeguards in L.A. County alone have made 7,700 rescues.

"We only suggest that the highest level of surfer or swimmer or body-boarder, the most experienced people, are the only ones that should be going in the water," said Lester.

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