Gale force northwest winds with gusts between 35 and 40 knots are expected across the outer coastal waters on Wednesday afternoon, persisting into Thursday night. Strongest winds will be northwest of San Nicolas Island. Large and choppy seas of 7 to 10 feet are expected, except occasionally to 11 feet late Wednesday and Wednesday night northwest of the Channel Islands. The locally wind generated seas will result in hazardous conditions for mariners traversing the outer coastal waters. Click for a larger image.