Hurricane Eugene will bring big waves to parts of Southern California coast

Hurricane Eugene has generated wave energy that will hit San Diego County beaches sooner and harder than anticipated, with the leading edge of the surf arriving by Monday night.

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast to say that many south-facing beaches will receive 4-foot to 6-foot waves, with occasional 7-footers, on Monday night. The waves will increase to the 5-foot to 8-foot range, with occasional 10-footers, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The surf will produce dangerous rip currents along the entire coastline, leading the weather service to issue a beach hazard advisory. The advisory will be in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday.


The largest waves are expected to hit North County breaks, especially in the Oceanside area. says the swell is likely to be a little smaller than forecast by the weather service, but still potent.

Robbins writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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