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High surf and low tide create rip currents

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Strong rip currents and elevated surf are expected along the San Diego County coast starting Thursday afternoon, which could impact Thanksgiving Day beachgoers.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory today for the county's coastal areas, which will go into effect at 2 p.m. and extend until 6 p.m. Friday.

Surf is expected to increase to 3-5 feet this afternoon and to 5-7 feet Thursday evening, forecasters said. Sets of up to 9 feet are possible along exposed west-facing beaches.

Strong rip currents are likely, especially during the transition from high tide to low tide during late morning and early afternoon hours, NWS meteorologists said.

Minor flooding in low-lying coastal areas, such as beach parking lots, could occur during high tide, forecasters said. Localized beach erosion could also be possible.

National Weather Service meteorologists said a large west-northwest swell moving into the coastal waters would bring higher surf to the beaches through Friday. The swell and surf are expected to decrease late Friday afternoon.

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