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High surf with waves up to 19 feet expected Friday

Large waves brought local surfers out to Shell Beach on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Large waves brought local surfers out to Shell Beach on Sunday, Jan. 12. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Correction: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect time for high tide on Friday; it's at 3:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A strong storm system in the central Pacific is expected to bring large surf to the California coastline, including San Luis Obispo County, over the next few days.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory on west-facing beaches on the Central Coast from 6 p.m. Thursday through 3 a.m. Sunday, with waves peaking on Friday.

Waves of 10 to 15 feet are expected with occasional breakers of 19 feet.

The high surf can bring strong rip currents and “sneaker waves” hitting rocks, jetties and beaches that can wash people into the sea, the National Weather Service warned. High tide Friday is at 3:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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