UPDATE (1:55 p.m.) - The same area just off the coast of Lompoc and Point Conception has been re-warned for a progressive line of thunderstorms that are moving onshore along the same path that the previous warnings were for. The storms continue to have the potential for strong winds and heavy rain alongside thunderstorm potential. Several of the storms did create lightning as they moved closer to our region. This also extended the warning to 3:15 p.m. Monday night. Please continue to exercise caution as the storm continues to move onshore.
UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) - Yet another special marine warning has been issued for waters off the Central Coast. This warning is for the waters from Pt. Sal to Santa Cruz Islands and westward for 60 nautical miles. This includes San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands. This is due to a strong thunderstorm capable of producing small waterspouts was located NW of Point Conception moving NE at 15knots. This storm system can easy overturn small boats and create locally hazardous seas. Small craft could be damages in briefly higher winds and sudden higher waves.
Those on the shore in the area should also be cautious as large waves can move in with little warning.
This warning is in effect though 1:45PM.
UPDATE (11:47 a.m.) - Another special marine warning for the same storm has been issued for the waters directly off the coast of Morro Bay up to Cambria.
The storm is moving northeast at 15 knots and could damage small craft in high winds. This warning will be in effect from 11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
(11:25 a.m.) - A special marine warning was issued at 10:47 a.m. Monday morning for the waters off of Point Piedras Blancas to Point Sal from 10 to 60 nautical miles west of the Central Coast.
Within this area, several strong thunderstorms were indicated off of the Central Coast.
They have sufficient energy to bring strong wind gusts up to 40 mph, brief heavy rain and even possible waterspouts.
While the storm will remain over mainly open waters, small craft could be damaged in briefly higher winds and suddenly higher waves.
The warning will stay in effect through 12:15 p.m. but it is important to stay weather aware today as these systems continue to bring the chance for dangerous conditions.
We will keep a close eye on this system as it moves ashore.