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Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 6:07 PM Oct. 30, 2020 – National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Beach
Hazards Statement for the risk of sneaker waves and rip currents,
which is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday

* HAZARDS...Breaking waves from 6 to 9 feet, with beaches in most
favored locations seeing breaks 10 to 12 feet with rip currents
expected. With most beaches still fairly flat, extended run up
is expected making it dangerous for beachgoers.

* TIMING...From 3 PM PDT Sunday afternoon through 5 PM PST Monday

* LOCATION...Coastline from Sonoma County south through Monterey
county. In particular west to northwest facing beaches...including
but not limited to...Ocean beach...Montara State Beach...Marina
State Beach...Monastery Beach.

* POTENTIAL IMPACTS...Increased risk of ocean drowning. Sneaker
waves often catch people off guard and knock them into the
ocean. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea.
Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches
and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore.


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.

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. Large breaking waves can
lead to back and neck injuries. Swimmers should avoid swimming in
areas of large shore break and always swim near a lifeguard. Never
turn your back on the ocean!

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