The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a beach hazards statement for rip currents and large shore break which is in effect through this evening. The high surf advisory has been cancelled.
Timing – Friday through Sunday afternoon.
Location – Entire coastline from Sonoma County through Monterey County. In particular, west facing beaches including but not limited to Ocean Beach, Montara State Beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Manresa State Beach, and Marina State Beach.
Waves – Westerly swell of 7 to 10 feet with a period of 13 to 15 seconds. Offshore winds will promote large shore breaks.
Potential Impacts – Increased likelihood for rip currents and possibly large shore break as a moderate period westerly swell continues to impact in the area.
A beach hazard statement for rip currents means that conditions are present to support a heightened risk of strong rip currents. Rip currents are typically more frequent and stronger in the vicinity of jetties, inlets, and piers. Swimmers caught in a rip current should swim parallel to the coast to escape the rip current before trying to swim for shore. Swimmers should always swim near a lifeguard.
Visitors checking out area beaches may be unfamiliar with the power of the Pacific. It is dangerous to turn your back to the waters. Please always keep an eye on the sea while visiting the beach.
Originally posted: Feb 5, 2016
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