On the Radar: Pacific surf, Oklahoma fires, Libya money
High surf and dangerous riptides are forecasts at Southern California beaches into the weekend.
September 1st, 2011
06:20 AM ET

On the Radar: Pacific surf, Oklahoma fires, Libya money

Three things you need to know today.

Pacific surf: While the National Hurricane Center watches Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic and a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters on the West Coast are warning of high waves and dangerous riptides on southwest facing beaches.

Waves of up to 11 feet could pound Southern California beaches from San Luis Obispo south to San Diego, the National Weather Service said.

"The surf may cause hazards for anyone entering the water," the weather service's forecast said.

The high waves are the result of a winter storm off the coast of New Zealand whose rough seas are now being felt across the Pacific.

Big waves have been pounding Hawaii since Tuesday, CNN affiliate KHNL reports, and forecasters say 8-to-12-foot waves can be expected in the islands today.

Oklahoma fires: One of two wildfires burning in Oklahoma City on Wednesday pushed north toward suburban Edmond, illuminating the windy night sky with spirals of flame and flying embers.

The fire broke out Tuesday in the less densely populated northeast Oklahoma City and was moving in a northerly direction toward more largely residential, Edmond Fire Chief Tim Wheeler said.

"The winds have shifted a bit," Wheeler said. "It's current path it's going to travel through a heavily wooded area, which will allow the fire to grow in intensity."

He said it is hoped the fire can be stopped before it crosses Interstate 44 to the southeast of Edmond, but the department had already initiated its Code Red system, which autodials residents' telephone numbers encouraging them to evacuate.

Money for Libya: The British government has started delivering money that it unfroze to a bank in Libya, the foreign secretary said in a statement Wednesday.

The Royal Air Force delivered 280 million dinars (about 140 million pounds) to the Central Bank of Libya in Benghazi, the statement said.

The money is among billions of dollars ordered frozen by the United Nations when the crisis began.

The money "will be used to pay the wages of Libyan public sector employees, including nurses, doctors, teachers and police officers," the statement said. It also will be used to pay for medicines and food.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. JamieIRL

    Are you going to report on the waves all winter when waves of that size and much larger are hitting Hawaii and California? Still tryin to milk that ocean-gonna-getca hype right?

    September 1, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LouAz

      COWABUNGA ! ! !

      September 1, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. RJWTimes Bradford England

    I heard that David Cameron in Britain set up a system whereby they would block the money going to Libya. That is the best thing he has done all year.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. MJ

    Sure that money is going to go to pay wages in Libya. And pigs are gonna fly too

    September 1, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Katia


    September 1, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Keith

    imagine that, a beach that faces high surf! WOW that's a first!

    September 1, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. pipefighter8

    Isn't California taking their medical marijuana laws too far by getting the surf high? What's next, high mountains or high clouds or high temperatures? Where will it end?

    September 1, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Masterson

      High Society

      September 1, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. julie

    does any one understand what rip currents are, sneaker waves, they are dangerous. The main point stay out of the water and stay alive. The force of water is so strong you will not win. even walking along the beach a waves can come in and pull you out and drown you.

    September 1, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Truth Teller

    Everybodys boring (yawn)

    September 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truth Teller

    I go to bed with anybody. I love it

    September 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Truth Teller

    I am always horn E. I want it. I want it NOW!

    September 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Truth Teller

    Excuse me. I'm going to go play with myself-again

    September 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Terrance Wood

    You are so dirty. Please get off the computer idiot!

    September 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ruffnutt

    Truthteller the idiot is a troll he needs to go to school

    September 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lou Az

    I think you're the troll and idiot Ruffnut.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yada

    I don't think you're a troll or idiot, Ruffnut. You seem like a nice person with interesting posts.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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