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Wind and high surf advisory issued for SLO County

A kite-surfer enjoys the waves and wind in Pismo Beach in this Tribune file photo.
A kite-surfer enjoys the waves and wind in Pismo Beach in this Tribune file photo. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

The National Weather Service issued a wind and high surf advisory and a hazardous weather outlook for San Luis Obispo County on Sunday.

A wind advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Sunday. San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria and San Simeon may experience 15- to 30-mph northwest winds with gusts up to 45 mph through Sunday evening. Similar winds are expected Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The strong winds may bring down power lines and vulnerable trees. Hazardous driving conditions are expected, especially for high-profile vehicles, the advisory said.

The National Weather Service urged drivers to use extra caution and be prepared for sudden gusty crosswinds.

A high surf advisory is in effect for San Luis Obispo County until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Waves are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet, with local sets up to 12 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The surf will be a mix of longer period swell and short period wind waves.

Large waves and strong rip currents make swimming and rock jetties dangerous by increasing the risk of drowning, the high surf advisory said. Minor beach erosion is also a possibility.

The largest surf is expected on west- and northwest-facing beaches.

If caught in a rip current, swimmers should swim parallel to shore until they are free of the powerful current, the advisory said. It reminded swimmers to always swim near a lifeguard.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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