DANA POINT, CA — Stronger than average waves are predicted to return to the Orange County coast, after the National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for both Orange and San Diego counties this week.
The high surf advisory was coupled with a coastal flood advisory that remains in effect from 4 a.m. to noon Thursday.
According to the NWS, the high surf advisory will be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday, with the strongest waves likely crashing Thursday.
Residents can expect large breaking waves of five to seven feet, with occasional sets of eight to 11 feet.
A higher-than-usual tide of 6.7 feet is also expected to hit the coast Thursday morning at around 8:10 a.m.
In addition, residents were warned to remain vigilant against possible coastal flooding. The NWS predicted the flooding of lots, parks and roads with isolated road closures expected.
Dangerous swimming, surfing conditions and localized beach erosion was also predicted.
“If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed,” the NWS said in a statement. “Do not drive around barricades or through water of unknown depth. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions.”
In Dana Point, residents can find sandbags to protect their homes and businesses from flooding at any local firehouse in town.
Miranda Ceja patch.com
2024-01-09 20:56:43 , Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch