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Above Average Surf Hits San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A long period south swell brought above average surf to San Diego County today, meteorologists said.

Dangerous rip currents accompanied the high surf, which was measuring 3- to 5-feet, with occasional sets up to 6 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The agency said the above average surf would continue through this evening.

A beach hazards statement was in effect until 9 p.m.

Conditions were especially dangerous for inexperienced swimmers, the NWS said.

"A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches,'' the NWS said. "Obey posted warning signs and flags, and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water and always swim near a lifeguard.''

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