SANTA MONICA—Elevated surf activity and high-rip current risk led the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a Beach Hazard Statement for Santa Monica on Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23, according to Patch.com.
“Dangerous rip currents and sneaker waves are expected due to elevated and strong surf of 3 to 6 feet,” stated the NWS in a statement.
According to the National Weather Service , the Beach Hazard Statement remains effective until Thursday morning. The NWS warned that there is an increased risk for ocean drowning.
“Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off beaches and rock jetties,” the NWS warned in the statement.
A beach hazard statement is issued when threats such rip currents, longshore currents, sneaker waves and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone.
“Caution should be used when in or near the water,” the National Weather Service stated.