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High surf, coastal flooding are forecast for Southern California beaches

May 31, 2011 |  8:26 am

Lifeguard Potentially dangerous high surf will pound the Southern California coast for the next two days, producing waves as high as 10 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

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A storm system in the South Pacific Ocean is causing the high tide, which will combine with rip currents to produce  hazardous conditions at some beaches, officials said.

The weather service warned that some coastal flooding and beach erosion in places such as Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Sunset Beach were possible.

The high-surf warning lasts through Thursday. The biggest waves -- from 6 to 10 feet -- will hit south-facing beaches.

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