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Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 4:03 AM Oct. 31, 2020 – National Weather Service

* HAZARDS...Breaking waves from 6 to 9 feet with 18 to 20 second
periods, 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 afternoon.

* 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.


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.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for the latest
updates on this situation.


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