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Weather Alerts for South/East Bay

Issued by the National Weather Service

Beach Hazards Statement  BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT   Beach Hazards Statement
SOUTH/EAST BAY

Areas Affected:
Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore - Northern Monterey Bay - San Francisco - San Francisco Peninsula Coast - Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast
Effective: Mon, 7/23 11:00am Updated: Sun, 7/22 6:40pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Wed, 7/25 11:00am Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...Long Period Southerly Swell Monday through late Wednesday
Morning...
.A long period southerly swell will impact the Central Coast
early this week. This will result in hazardous beach conditions
due to increased risk of rip currents and sneaker waves,
particularly at south facing beaches such as Santa Cruz and
Stinson Beach. Swell heights and periods are forecast to decrease
throughout the day on Wednesday.
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...
* WAVES AND SURF...Forerunners 2 to 3 feet at 20 to 21 seconds
Monday morning. Southerly swell will increase to 4 feet late
Monday with a period of 17 to 20 seconds. Breaking waves of 7
to 9 feet will be possible at favored locations.
* HAZARDS...Increased risk of rip currents and sneaker waves,
stronger longshore current at west facing beaches, and
somewhat larger breaking waves at south facing coasts.
* TIMING...Forerunners will arrive Monday morning before swell
heights increase late in the day and remain elevated through
Wednesday morning.
* LOCATION...South facing beaches along the Central Coast from
Sonoma County to Monterey County including but not limited to
Stinson and Santa Cruz Beach.
* POTENTIAL IMPACTS...Increased risk of sneaker waves and rip
currents at these beaches. Unsuspecting beach-goers may
suddenly be pulled out to sea. Never turn your back to the
ocean!

Information:
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.
A Beach Hazard Statement for longshore currents means that
conditions are present to support strong currents which parallel
the coast. Strong longshore currents can quickly carry swimmers
down shore away from their original point of entry. Longshore
currents can feed into rip currents which may carry a swimmer
quickly out to sea. Swimmers caught in a longshore current should
swim towards shore for safety. In contrast, swimmers caught in a
rip current should swim parallel to the coast to escape the rip
current before trying to swim for shore. Always swim near a
lifeguard.

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