San Luis Obispo County Central Coast Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

High Surf Advisory
Issued: 3:52 PM PST Jan. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service

... High surf advisory in effect from 4 am Thursday to 9 PM PST

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a
high surf advisory... which is in effect from 4 am Thursday to
9 PM PST Tuesday. The beach hazards statement has been cancelled.

* Surf... surf of 10 to 15 feet on Thursday will likely build to 20
to 30 feet by late Friday and Saturday. The surf will diminish
Sunday and Monday but will remain above high surf thresholds.

* Impacts... large and powerful surf with dangerous rip currents
and breaking waves on rocks and jetties. Damage to piers is
possible on Saturday... as well as coastal flooding of beach
parking lots and walkways. Morro Bay Harbor will have breaking
waves across the entrance.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high surf advisory means that high surf and rip currents will
make swimming and rock jetties dangerous.

Remember... swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current
remain calm. Don't fight the current. Swim in a direction
following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim back to
shore. If tired, float or tread water until out of the rip
current. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for

Wind Advisory
Issued: 4:32 PM PST Jan. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 4 am PST Thursday...

* winds and timing... southeast to south winds will increase to
between 20 and 30 mph this evening with gusts to 40 mph and
persist through early Thursday morning.

* Impacts... gusty winds will make driving difficult... especially
for drivers of high profile vehicles. Major roadways that
could be affected include highways 1 and 101... and state
routes 154 and 246.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

When driving... use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty
cross winds.

Gale Warning
Issued: 5:16 PM PST Jan. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Gale Warning remains in effect until 3 am PST Thursday...

* winds... south winds will increase to 20 to 25 kt with gusts to
35 kt tonight and continue through early Thursday morning.

* Seas... combined seas of 8 to 10 feet with periods around 13
seconds are expected when waves are largest.

See the coastal waters forecast (cwflox) for more details.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Gale Warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or
occuring. Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires
experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly
recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe
Harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.