Wednesday, October 17, 2018

UPDATE: NWS: Increased Risk of Sneaker Waves Today

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 9:53 AM

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The Nation Weather Service has issued a warning about hazardous beach conditions in the region today with surf expected to be in the 9- to 11-foot range and an increased risk of sneaker waves, especially on steep beaches.

The warning extends all day, with the highest sneaker wave risk from the morning hours until 11 p.m. Large waves are also expected to wash over jetties, according to the NWS statement.

Read the full National Weather Service statement below:
The National Weather Service in Eureka has issued a Beach Hazards Statement, which is in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.

* TIMING: The highest sneaker wave risk will be from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.

* IMPACTS: Larger surf at offshore breaks and an enhanced risk
of sneaker waves on northwest California beaches. Steep
beaches will have a higher risk of sneaker wave activity with
greater wave run-up onto beaches. Large waves will also wash
over jetties and rock outcroppings that may normally stay dry.

A Beach Hazard Statement is issued when threats such as sneaker
waves and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the
surf zone. Caution should be used when in or near the water.

Editor's note: This post has been updated with new information from the NWS, that has the highest risk of sneaker waves beginning in the morning hours Wednesday.
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