SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County officials are advising county residents to avoid local beaches, harbors and piers this morning ... due to hazardous currents following the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
San Diego Sheriff's Department officials were expecting the first waves to hit about 8:41 a.m. in La Jolla and Imperial Beach at about 1 to 2 feet high and advise no surfing, fishing and boating activity in any San Diego harbors until further notice, Lt. Marco Garmo of San Diego Sheriff's Department said.
"The currents that are going to be produced are going to be really strong and there could be very significant changes in the water levels on the coast,'' meteorologist Don Whitlow for San Diego National Weather Service said.
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Low-lying beaches, harbors, bays and areas where boats dock are going to see very strong currents, and significant tidal changes, Whitlow added.
Retired San Diego State University geology professor Pat Abbott told Fox 5 News that based on reports from Hawaii, where the Tsunami wave had already arrived, he did not expect to see any damage from the wave in San Diego. He said that the tide will be low when the wave arrives and the energy in the wave may have dissipated to the point that it is difficult to see.
The National Weather Service San Diego issued a hazardous weather outlook expecting coastal waters from San Mateo Point to the Mexican Boarder, including San Clemente Island, to face high currents.