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High surf soaks San Luis Obispo County beaches this week

Rod Paloutzian, of Fresno, takes some photos of large waves crashing into the rocks just north of the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rod Paloutzian, of Fresno, takes some photos of large waves crashing into the rocks just north of the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

High surf drove waves onto Highway 1 near the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery on Tuesday. The highway is slated to be realigned to the east, away from the ocean. 

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for San Luis Obispo County for Tuesday and Wednesday.

PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey attributed the high surf to a storm over the weekend in the Gulf of Alaska that generated near hurricane-force winds. The swell from the resulting high waves took about two days to reach the Central Coast, peaking at more than 10 feet at Diablo Canyon on Tuesday.

A buoy north of Morro Bay recorded the same swell at near 16 feet.

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