High, Potentially Damaging Surf Expected Along SoCal Coast

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As stormy conditions battered Southern California at the beginning of the week, forecasters warned of high, potentially damaging surf conditions that were expected along the coastline through Tuesday.

High surf hit along Ventura County beaches on March 7, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

High surf hit along Ventura County beaches on March 7, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The largest surf could hit starting on Monday, when breakers of 10 to 15 feet, with max sets of 18 feet, would be possible at west-facing beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Along the Central Coast, breakers of up to 15 to 22 feet were possible, with max sets peaking at 25 feet.

High surf conditions were expected to last through Tuesday, during which time forecasters warned it could potentially damage coastal structures, while also causing coastal flooding and significant beach erosion.

Dangerous rip currents and large sneaker waves were another possible impact. During high surf conditions, inexperienced swimmers and surfers are warned to stay out of the water, and all beachgoers should keep off rocks and jetties.

The conditions came amid a powerful storm that swept through the region early Monday, bringing with it gale force winds, thunderstorms and hazardous seas, the weather service stated.

The threat of high surf and coastal flooding should diminish on Tuesday.

National Weather Service Graphic high surf March 2016

(Credit: National Weather Service)