Monday, December 17, 2018

Waves Upward of 30 Feet Along the Coast Today

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM

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With waves upward of 30 feet on local beaches today, the county of Humboldt has closed a portion of Centerville Road until further notice due do “dangerous coastal conditions.”

The Eureka office of the National Weather Service warns that people should stay off rocks and jetties. High surf conditions, which have been hitting the local shoreline since Friday, are expected to continue throughout the week.

Yesterday the large wave heights prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close the Humboldt Bay bar entrance to mariner traffic. A high surf warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. today.

Read the advisory from the National Weather Service below:
An exceptionally large swell will bring very high surf to Northwest California beaches through Monday, with elevated surf continuing for much of the remainder of the week. Peak wave heights of 27-32 feet will arrive on late Sunday and will continue at these heights through Monday. With these conditions in place, people should stay off the rocks and jetties as large waves will crash over coastal features that may not normally get wet during smaller wave conditions. Don’t let the ocean fool you! Large waves can catch you off guard if you get to close to the water’s edge, and as always, never turn your back to the ocean!

Road closure memo from the county of Humboldt:
Centerville Road, PM 4.6, at Centerville County Park, is closed until further notice, due to high surf and dangerous coastal conditions. Updates will be posted as they become available.
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