Dangerous high surf to return Thursday

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Onlookers at Lunada Bay in Rancho Palos Verdes check out the high surf conditions that continued on Tuesday at many Southern California beaches. Dec. 8th, 2015. (Chuck Bennett / Staff Photographer)

Los Angeles County lifeguards warned swimmers to be especially careful in the ocean because of western swells and high tides that delivered waves from 6 to 12 feet high Tuesday. Towering waves are expected to return Thursday, again creating strong rip currents and dangerous ocean patterns that could continue through next week, according to the National Weather Service.

“This second event has the potential to bring even higher surf conditions along with more widespread coastal flooding and beach erosion,” a National Weather Service advisory stated.

Lifeguards warn swimmers to stay out of the ocean. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until released from the current.

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