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High-surf and small-craft advisories issued for Southern and Central California coastline

Waves crash over the breakwater at Ventura Harbor in this 2002 photo. The boat left the harbor but quickly returned from the rough seas. Advisories have been issued for today through early Friday.

The NOAA National Weather Service has issued high-surf and small-craft advisories for Southern and Central California coastal waters.

"This is the kind of event where someone fishing from the rocks or jetties can get washed out to sea and is very dangerous. They are usually accompanied by strong rip tides so if you do go in, you are in trouble," 976-Tuna founder Philip Friedman told Outposts.

Here are excerpts from each advisory:

High surf advisory:

High surf is expected to develop on the Central Coast today and on west facing beaches of Los Angeles, Ventura and Southern Santa Barbara counties tonight. During the peak of this surf event Wednesday through Thursday morning surf is expected to average 15 to 20 feet on beaches north of Point Conception. ... On west facing beaches of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, surf is expected to reach 8 to 12 feet. ...

There will be dangerous rip currents on all area beaches through Friday. Even the most experienced swimmers should stay out of the water during this event.  Rocks and jetties will be especially dangerous as waves can unexpectedly sweep persons into the water.

Small-craft advisory:

A small craft advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 3 p.m. PST Friday.

West swell with a period of 18 seconds will build today and tonight, reaching 18 to 21 feet late tonight. Swell heights will remain 18 to 21 feet through late Wednesday night, then swell will subside slowly. Swell will likely remain above 10 feet through Friday afternoon.

Complete information can be found by following the advisory links above.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Waves crash over the breakwater at Ventura Harbor in this 2002 photo. The boat left the harbor but quickly returned from the rough seas. Advisories have been issued for today through early Friday. Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

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