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Hurricane Surf Expected to Bring Big Waves to San Diego

Hurricane Eugene, off the southern coast of Baja California, is causing big waves and rip currents in San Diego thanks to a phenomenon called hurricane surf.

Large waves from five to eight feet and some as big as ten feet will hit south-facing beaches in northern San Diego on Tuesday and into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The biggest waves can be expected in Oceanside and Camp Pendleton.

According to meteorologists with the NWS, strong winds from the hurricane have caused bigger swells in southern California. Parts of Orange County, like San Clemente, will also see bigger waves.

Experts warn that it is important to swim near lifeguards, as rip currents can unexpectedly pull swimmers out to sea during hurricane surf.

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