The National Weather Service has issued multiple warnings and advisories affecting the Central Coast in light of the impending Pacific storm.
High wind and storm warnings, and high-surf and small-craft advisories are in effect in the area as of Saturday evening.
A small-craft advisory in effect from Piedras Blancas north of Cambria to Point Arguello in northern Santa Barbara County expires at 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the Weather Service.
Meanwhile, a high-surf advisory for the Central Coast is set to expire at 9 a.m. Monday. The advisory means that high-surf is possible along local beaches, as well as rip currents and beach erosion.
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Breakers of 10 to 13 feet are expected through early Monday, with sets of up to 15 feet possible, according to the Weather Service.
Tidal overflows are also possible because of astronomical conditions, with the potential for flooding in low-lying areas, forecasters advise.
High tide is expected around 10 a.m. Sunday and between 10 and 11 p.m. Sunday.
The storm warning – set to expire at 11 p.m. Sunday – means that winds of 48 to 63 knots are imminent or taking place.
It means that recreational boaters should stay in port or take shelter until winds and waves subside, according to the Weather Service. Commercial vessels are also advised to prepare for very strong winds and dangerous seas.
The high-wind warnings for the area include the coastal areas, through 3 p.m. Sunday and interior areas such as the North County through 6 p.m.
A high-wind warning means that sustained winds of at least 40 mph, with gusts up to 58 mph, are expected and could lead to property damage.
Strong southerly winds will develop quickly Saturday night and increase to potentially damaging levels early Sunday.
Winds are expected to peak Sunday morning and early Sunday afternoon before diminishing.
The Weather Service warns that there is the potential for numerous downed trees and power lines, resulting in possible power outages and debris on local roads.