Northern Monterey Bay Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Beach Hazard Statement
Statement as of 9:04 PM PDT on October 20, 2014

...Beach hazards statement remains in effect through late Tuesday night...

* location...coastline from Sonoma County south through Monterey County. In particular west and northwest facing beaches... including but not limited to...Ocean Beach...Montara State Beach...Half Moon Bay state beach...Manresa State Beach and Marina state beach.

* Timing...through Tuesday night.

* Impacts...large breakers with increased risk of rip currents and sneaker waves.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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.

A beach hazard statement for sneaker waves means that conditions are present to support a heightened risk of unsuspecting beach goers being swept into the sea by a wave. People walking along the beach should never turn their back to the sea. Fisherman should avoid fishing from rocks or jetties.

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