Beach Hazard Statement:
Issued at: 7:39 PM PDT on October 9, 2015, expires at: 6:00 PM PDT on October 11, 2015
- ...Beach hazards statement remains in effect from 5 am PDT Saturday through Sunday afternoon...
- hazards...elevated surf...strong rip currents...and sneaker waves.
- Timing...long period south swell is expected to gradually subside Saturday while a moderately long period southwest swell will build tonight. Surf heights of 4 to 6 feet...with local sets to 7 feet. Surf will decrease by Sunday...but strong rip currents will still be a threat.
- Tides...on Saturday...a high tide around 5 feet will occur around 845 am PDT followed by a low tide around 1 foot on 300 PM PDT.
- Location...exposed west and south facing shores.
- Potential impacts...rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches and rock jetties. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A beach hazards statement is issued when threats to beach and surf zone safety are expected or occurring. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore...which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags and posted signs. If you become caught in a rip current... do not panic. Remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current...begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.