As high tides hit Southern California, NWS advises of regional beach hazards and Seal Beach sees minor flooding

A Southern California beach hazard statement issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon was extended to Orange County beaches until Thursday evening amid high surf and minor flooding.

Waves were expected to be 4-7 feet and reach up to 8 feet at Orange County beaches, according to the NWS, which warned of dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.

Minor flooding was expected due to the high tide; by Wednesday evening, some flooding had popped up near the Seal Beach Pier.

On social media, the Seal Beach Police Department on Wednesday night said there was a high tide advisory in Old Town between 10th Street and 12th Street.

Public Works and lifeguard crews were aware of the situation, police said.

The surf is expected to be highest Thursday evening, with high tide around 6 feet at 9 p.m. in Orange County, the NWS added.

The NWS first issued a warning around 2 p.m. Wednesday for high tides hitting large swathes of Southern California, including the Catalina and Santa Barbara islands and Ventura and Los Angeles county beaches.

For LA County beaches, the warning concerned the risk of rip currents, ocean drowning and enhanced beach erosion. High tides were expected between 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday at 6.4 to 6.8 feet.

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