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August 30, 2006
Rip currents, fast-moving narrow channels of water moving away from shore, can happen at any shoreline that has waves. The currents typically move at 1 to 2 feet per second but can rapidly increase in speed. Rip currents have been measured at speeds up to 8 feet per second, which can pull even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
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January 20, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Big waves and strong rip currents will develop along the California coast this week, weather officials say. The National Weather Service on Monday issued a high surf advisory for coastal areas stretching from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties, where the high surf and rip currents will develop. The conditions are being created by a series of swells generated by storms moving over the north-central Pacific Ocean.   West- and northwest-facing beaches along the Central Coast will experience waves from 8 to 12 feet high, with occasional sets to 14 feet, weather officials say. In Southern California, west-facing beaches will see waves reach 4 to 6 feet, with occasional sets 7 to 8 feet.
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April 27, 2004 | Ashley Powers
Placid-seeming rip currents can flare like a temper, towing swimmers into the depths. One man drowned at Huntington Beach two weeks ago, and another man is missing off La Jolla and presumed dead, authorities say. Swells shifting from north to south build sandbars that cause rip currents. Sandbars channel water into river-like gushes, sweeping people away from shore. Seemingly tranquil water masks dangerous rip currents. "The most dangerous conditions ... don't look dangerous," says Jerome A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The National Weather Service is warning beach-goers this weekend to expect strong rip currents along Southern California's south-facing shores through Sunday morning. The strong currents are expected to create dangerous swimming conditions at beaches including Cabrillo, Venice Beach North and Zuma, according to the weather service. The high tide this weekend may range from six to seven feet, said meteorologist Curt Kaplan. Cloudier and cooler weather is expected into the weekend, with a slight chance of rain Sunday night.
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July 7, 1986 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
Higher-than-normal surf combined with a tide change and treacherous rip currents led to numerous surf rescues off Orange County beaches Sunday. "We've got currents all up and down the beach," said Joel Yamasaki, a lifeguard supervisor at Huntington State Beach, which apparently was hit hardest. "The rips are pulling everywhere. They're very visible and very forceful."
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August 21, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY
Rip currents in Ventura waters have resulted in 10 near drownings in the last six days, a head lifeguard at the San Buenaventura State Beach said Saturday. Eight people in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon were swept into the ocean by rip currents along the unguarded beach south of the Ventura Harbor near Surfers Knoll, said Kirk Sturm a lifeguard supervisor with the State Beach. "That beach is known to have rip currents all the time," he said.
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April 18, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was not a picture-perfect day at the beach, but it was Luis Garibaldi's first visit in nearly a year and he was determined to have some fun. After settling his family on a blanket at the north end of Manhattan Beach, the 35-year-old sales clerk strapped his bodyboard to his wrist and headed into the surf. Suddenly, his wife, niece and two children seemed smaller than ants on the sand. He tried to paddle toward shore, but a mysterious force seemed to pull him farther out to sea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Two Ventura beach-goers rescued four people from the Pacific Ocean on Sunday after strong rip currents carried them away from shore. About 2:30 p.m., James Bruggeman, 19, of Saugus was in the water off Surfers Knoll near Ventura Harbor when he and a woman swimming nearby were pulled about 150 feet away from shore by a strong southwest current. But Bruggeman, a regular beach-goer who has taken several lifeguard courses, said he used his skills to get the woman and himself back to shore.
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April 25, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the number of rescues already running far ahead of normal, Southern California lifeguards say they are bracing for what may be a dangerous season of crowded beaches, perilous rip currents and fewer guards surviving the budget ax.
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April 27, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Record-breaking heat and hazy skies sent nearly 400,000 people scurrying to Orange County beaches Sunday for relief. Once they were there, lifeguards said, warmer-than-usual waters and rip currents led to as many rescues as on the busiest summer days. "We've had close to 80 rescues so far and we're still making them," Huntington State Beach lifeguard Clark Griffith said in late afternoon.
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January 23, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for portions of Southern California on Sunday, saying gusts up to 65 mph could uproot trees and make travel difficult for high-profile vehicles through some passes. The warning is in effect through 3 p.m., with warm Santa Anas hitting the region's mountains, inland valley and canyon areas hardest. [Updated, 10:13 a.m.: Gusty winds have already been recorded Sunday morning throughout L.A. County, with the Chilao campground in the San Gabriel Mountains seeing a gust of 66 mph. Malibu Hills recorded a gust of 52 mph; Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, 40 mph; Newhall Pass, 38 mph; and Van Nuys, 35 mph.]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Crews battled a brush fire Tuesday that scorched parched hillsides and threatened homes in Kern County as inland areas of Southern California sizzled through triple-digit temperatures. The blaze had burned 1,100 acres by Tuesday night as aircraft made repeated assaults on flames that raced across ridge tops and into steep canyons near the communities of Lebec and Frazier Park, officials said. As heat baked the region for the second consecutive day, people sought relief at beaches, where large waves and strong rip currents kept lifeguards busy making rescues.
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August 24, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A heat wave gripping Southern California will produce near-record triple-digit temperatures in inland areas Tuesday and Wednesday, while large waves and dangerous rip currents are expected at beaches from Ventura to San Diego, forecasters said. The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for beaches in Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening. Large waves and dangerous rip currents were also expected in San Diego County. On Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures could hit 110 degrees in Antelope Valley, 107 in lower mountain areas from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles counties and 90 to 98 in other inland areas, the weather service said.
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May 22, 2010 | By Hector Becerra
The National Weather Service issued a high rip current alert for Southern California beaches for Saturday and Sunday. "Very strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions are expected," according to the alert. Forecasters expect surf of 5 feet to 6 feet with swells as high as 8 feet at some west-facing beaches. Waves of up to 10 feet could hit some beaches in Orange and San Diego counties, according to the forecast. Expert surfers and skilled swimmers sometimes use the powerful currents to hitch a ride to the next good wave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2009 | Ruben Vives
High temperatures and surf are expected to be in full force beginning today at Southern California beaches, where people trying to beat the heat might be told to stay out of the water. As the heat wave continues, south-facing beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties are bracing for large waves. The high surf is a byproduct of 50-knot winds that developed off Tahiti and are blowing toward Southern California, producing 8-to-12-foot swells at some beaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2007 | Tami Abdollah and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
Two workers from a dirt motorcycle accessory company drowned just off Huntington Beach early Wednesday, their bodies spotted by surfers after an all-night search, officials said. The men were among five people who went into the water after midnight just north of the Huntington Beach Pier, said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Craig Junginger. When their friends noticed the two men were missing, they notified the beach maintenance crew, which called police, officials said.
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February 9, 1994 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A two-day Alaskan storm blanketed Mt. Pinos with two feet of snow and dropped one to three inches of rain at lower elevations across Ventura County without triggering any mudslides in the denuded hills scorched by last fall's wildfires. Meteorologists forecast a return of clouds Thursday, with rain coming again as soon as Sunday.
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June 22, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five people were rescued from heavy surf off a jetty in Newport Beach on Wednesday, and four of them were hospitalized in serious condition after nearly drowning, an official said. The incident happened about 7 p.m. near the end of the 56th Street jetty, where 5-to-6-foot swells had created a strong rip current, said John Blauer, a spokesman for the Newport Beach Fire Dept. At least two of the people "were within moments of going underwater and not being seen again.
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July 5, 2007 | Carla Hall and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
For a brief time, it looked as if the gods of outdoor revelry were turning against Southern California on Wednesday: In Griffith Park, grilling was outlawed. In Huntington Beach, lifeguards warned of rip currents. And the L.A. Basin simmered with heat. Did that stop the dawn till dusk celebrating of the Fourth of July? Hardly. In Rosemead Park, people frolicked in the pool or curled up in the shade. In Griffith Park, visitors improvised picnics without grills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Kentucky man caught in a rip current near 27th Street drowned, authorities said Saturday. David Gichuru, 39, was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 2:30 p.m. Friday, a coroner's spokesman said. Fire officials said Gichuru, who is from Wilmore, Ky., was swimming with a young boy when the current pulled him under. The boy, who also was caught in the current, was rescued unharmed, authorities said.
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