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High winds, pounding surf hit Southern California

High wind warnings and wind advisories are in effect Monday across the SoCal region.
High wind warnings and wind advisories are in effect Monday across the SoCal region.
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Swimmers and surfers have been warned of dangerous surf and rip currents, while boaters confronted rough seas as powerful winds buffet many areas of Southern California.

High wind warnings and wind advisories are in effect Monday for large swaths of the region. Off shore, gale warnings are in place for mariners. Forecasters say gusts are expected to hit 65 mph in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Fire Department boats had to rescue a distressed sailboat in surf that looked like rough seas despite being just within the breakwater off Cabrillo beach.

“At this time of year, it’s not unusual in the sense that we’re transitioning from wintertime to summertime, and we’re either going to get precipitation or we get winds,”National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie told KPCC. 

There is a slight chance of rain moving into the Southland on Wednesday night, continuing into Thursday, Hoxsie said.

“We’ll probably at least get some sprinkles if not some light rain out of it,” Hoxsie said. 

Surf topping 7 feet could pound beaches between L.A. and Santa Barbara counties.

Waves of hail, sleet and snow also fell on parts of northern L.A. County in the late afternoon.

Moving into next week, Hoxsie said that temperatures are expected to warm up once again into the 80s.

This story has been updated.