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Potentially Dangerous Waves Hitting San Diego Beaches Monday, Tuesday

The Ocean Beach Pier was closed Monday as large swells created potentially dangerous swim conditions at San Diego County beaches.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory from 8 a.m. Monday to 10 p.m. Tuesday that warned of waves averaging 7 to 11 feet.

A strong swell from a southwest wind moved into coastal waters early Monday, creating high surf and strong rip currents in San Diego.

A high surf advisory is expected tomorrow. NBC 7's Brooke Landau has more.
NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said coastal areas south of Del Mar could see waves up to 13 feet. High surf will peak late Monday and early Tuesday. 

"We have a storm system that's moving through the state of California and that's really churning up our seas," Parveen said. 

Amid high surf conditions, San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach Pier to foot traffic. 

"Waves are spraying into public areas of the pier, and for safety reasons, it will remain closed until the high surf event is over and lifeguards deem it safe," SDFD spokesperson Monica Munoz said. 

The waves had not caused damage to the pier. 

Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion are possible during early morning high tides because of the swell.

The high surf and strong rip currents could create a high risk of drowning at the beaches, the NWS said.

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