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The combination of a peaking south swell and a tidal range near 8 feet will generate very strong rip currents and longshore currents through the weekend at all south-facing beaches, the National Weather Service warned Thursday.

The south swell is expected to peak Friday with breakers between 3 to 4 feet and occasionally as high as 5 feet and then subside through the weekend.

Strong rip currents are being predicted around times of high and low tides and in the vicinity of jetties and sandbars.

Caution should be used when in or near the water, the weather service warned. Stay near occupied lifeguard towers and never swim alone. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you can safely make it back.

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