Nov 27, 2012 3:31 PM by Dave Hovde

Big swell and dangerous rip expected from storm

Wednesday's strong storm over the north central Pacific will generate a large west swell with a relatively long period affecting the coast by late Wednesday night through at least Saturday. This swell will bring the potential for large surf across west facing beaches from the Central Coast.

The highest surf can be expected Thursday afternoon through Friday. Surf will then diminish some slowly through Saturday night and into Sunday. Expect more advisories relating to this.

Surf Heights for exposed west facing beaches heights will vary greatly. Central Coast could see surf 10 to 15 feet with local sets to 20 feet. while the inner waters could see surf 6 to 12 feet with local sets to 15 ft.

The swell and waves will slowly dissipate Friday into the weekend.

High tides will peak during mid morning hours to around 6 feet with the mean high tide around 4 feet during the late evening hours. Lowest tide will be around -0.5 feet during late afternoon hours with the mean low tide around 2 feet during late night hours.

Surf and swell conditions could be hazardous to anyone entering the water late Wednesday through this weekend with dangerous rip current potential. minor beach erosion and localized flooding of low-lying areas may also occur near the peak of the high tide.



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