LOS ANGELES — The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for the coast of Southern California, warning of strong rip currents and breakers that can top more than 11 feet.

A winter storm off the coast of New Zealand is generating big waves across the Pacific. The weather service says they’re expected to arrive late Wednesday afternoon on California beaches and shoreline, from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties.

Meteorologist Stuart Seto said the surf will average 7 feet to 9 feet, with south- and southwest-facing beaches seeing larger than 11-foot waves during high tide around noon Thursday.

He says strong rip currents will create hazardous conditions for swimmers. People are urged to stay off jetties or risk being swept away.

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