Beach hazards warning issued by National Weather Service

A "beach hazards" warning was in effect in Los Angeles County, including Santa Catalina Island, through Tuesday night, authorities said Monday.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service because of the possibility of dangerous rip currents and breaking waves due to expected elevated surf of 3 to 6 feet.

No significant damage is expected.

Also, high tides around 7 feet each morning may produce minor coastal flooding, officials said. The warning also affects Santa Barbara County.

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People should be aware of a possible increased risk of ocean drowning because rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea, officials said. Also, waves can wash people off of beaches and rocks on jetties, and capsize small boats.

People were urged to remain out of the water due to hazardous swimming conditions, or stay near occupied lifeguard towers.

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow, or lightning are possible at local beaches.