Santa Barbara County South Coast Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Wind Advisory
Statement as of 2:13 PM PDT on October 08, 2015

...Wind Advisory in effect until 3 am PDT Friday...

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a Wind Advisory...which is in effect until 3 am PDT Friday.

* Winds...north 15 to 30 mph with gusts between 35 and 45 mph. Strongest through and below passes and canyons of the Santa Ynez range.

* Impacts...major roadways that could be affected include highways 101...154...and 192...especially near Gaviota...San Marcos Pass...and below the hills of Montecito.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

When driving...use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.


Beach Hazard Statement
Statement as of 2:23 PM PDT on October 08, 2015

...Beach hazards statement in effect from late Friday night through Sunday afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a beach hazards statement for rip current and wave activity. This statement is in effect from late Friday night through Sunday afternoon.

* Hazards...strong rip current activity will occur this weekend due to a moderately long period westerly swell. It is advised to remain off of jetties this weekend due to the potential for sneaker waves and strong rip currents.

* Timing...a moderately long period westerly swell will spread over the area from Friday through Sunday.

* Tides...on Saturday...a high tide around 5 feet will occur around 845 am PDT followed by a low tide around 1 foot around 300 PM PDT.

* Location...southwest and west facing beaches will be most impacted by wave and rip current activity.

* Potential impacts...there is an increased risk of ocean drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches and rock jetties.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats to beach and surf zone safety are expected or occurring. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore...which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags and posted signs. If you become caught in a rip not panic. Remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current...begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.

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