...Beach hazards statement remains in effect through Thursday evening...
* waves and surf...4 to 6 feet with local higher sets along southwest facing beaches...especially in northern Orange County. 2 to 4 feet elsewhere.
* Rip currents...widespread dangerous rip and longshore currents.
* Timing...through early Thursday evening.
* Impacts...the elevated surf...strong rip currents...and longshore currents will produce dangerous swimming conditions... especially for inexperienced swimmers.
A beach hazards statement for rip currents means that conditions are present to support a heightened risk of strong rip currents. Rip currents are typically more frequent and stronger in the vicinity of jetties...inlets...and piers. Swimmers caught in a rip current should swim parallel to the coast to escape the rip current before trying to swim for shore. Swimmers should always swim near a lifeguard.
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