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Elevated Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego County Coastline

Photo caption: Waves as seen from the Ocean Beach pier, July 29, 2015.

Photo by Matthew Bowler

Waves as seen from the Ocean Beach pier, July 29, 2015.

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The National Weather Service said the long-period southwest swell that was creating conditions favorable for rip currents and elevated surf was expected to decrease through Thursday.

Higher than average surf and strong rip currents could wreak havoc along the San Diego County coastline Wednesday.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement warning of potentially dangerous rip currents and surf is set to remain in effect through Wednesday evening.

"Strong rip currents and elevated surf will result in very dangerous swimming conditions," a weather service statement said. "Swimmers in shallow water may unexpectedly get pulled out by the rip currents or the larger breaking waves."

Waves and surf of up to 5 feet and sets of up to 6 feet were expected at southwest facing beaches, forecasters said.

Rip currents are typically stronger and more frequent around jetties, inlets and piers. Forecasters said swimmers should know how to escape a rip current by swimming parallel to the coast before heading back to shore.

Lt. John Sandemeyer said San Diego lifeguards rescue as many as 50 to 60 people on days with rip current warnings.

The National Weather Service said the long-period southwest swell that was creating conditions favorable for rip currents and elevated surf was expected to decrease through Thursday.

Elevated Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego County Coastline

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