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Massive Waves Forecasted on San Diego's Coast as Storms, High Winds Grip County

Several weather watches, warnings and advisories are gripping the county, including high surf and dangerous winds

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While strong storm systems carrying rain, snow and high winds are blanketing San Diego County through the end of the week, people on the coast will experience the storm through massive waves and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service of San Diego.

High Surf in San Diego

Up and down the coast of San Diego County, strong winds and high surf are making for interesting sights. NBC 7's Audra Stafford has more.
The storm is expected to last through to the end of the week, NBC 7's Mari Payton reports.

Wednesday night's waves at the coasts will generate short-period surf from 6 to 14 feet throughout the night, with the highest surf crashing onto southern San Diego County's coasts, prompting the NWS to issue a high surf advisory from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Thursday.

Large, crashing waves are not for inexperienced swimmers or surfers. The NWS warns that anyone who may have trouble in the water should avoid going in the ocean while the advisory is in effect.

High winds kept NBC 7's Dana Williams on her feet out on Mission Beach. Photo by NBC 7' Elroy Spatcher.

Big waves could also mean flooding along the coast, similar to a powerful January storm that flooded the Mission Beach Boardwalk and other low-lying areas in San Diego County.

It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters, the NWS warned. Always check forecast updates, be prepared to turn around and move to higher ground, and do not drive into water, according to the NWS.

High Winds in San Diego

Winds were a huge factor during Wednesday's storm, toppling structures from coastal Del Mar to the deserts of Borrego Springs.

Powerful winds blowing at 84 mph were recorded at Volcan Mountain while San Diego Airport recorded winds of 48 mph, according to the NWS. High winds in the deserts of Borrego Springs came in at 60 mph.

A high wind warning for coastal areas expired at 6 p.m. Wednesday, making way for rain to take center stage.

Waves slamming into the jetty in Mission Beach. Photograph by NBC 7's Elroy Spatcher.

As strong and widespread winds take over San Diego County, the NWS urged people to travel cautiously, especially for tall vehicles.

Secure all loose outdoor objects to avoid injury and damage, the NWS said. Be mindful of large trees that could fall and where your car is parked.

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