The National Weather Service has issued High Surf Advisory for the South Central Oregon Coast-Curry County Coast, in effect from 8 a.m. this morning to 5 a.m. Friday, October 18. The High Surf Advisory basically stretches along the entire Oregon Coast. In Del Norte County California, the Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement.
- What's Happening
A long period west to northwest swell will build today into tonight with high surf conditions.
- Waves and Surf
Long period west swell of 16 to 18 feet at 16 seconds is expected to produce breaking waves of 20 to 25 feet
Today into tonight.
Include Along the southern Oregon coast from Florence to the California state line.
Large breaking waves will sweep over rocks and jetties, creating very hazardous conditions along and within the surf zone. Higher than normal run-up could inundate beaches and low lying shoreline. Beach erosion is possible, and exposed infrastructure may be damaged.
- Precautionary/preparedness actions
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
California Beach Hazards Statement in effect from 9 a.m. Thursday through Friday morning for Coastal Del Norte-Northern Humboldt Coast-Southwestern Humboldt-Mendocino Coast
A building long-period northwesterly swell will result in increasing surf heights on Thursday along with an increased threat of sneaker waves. Beachgoers should use caution along area beaches and keep a safe distance from the surf zone.
Surf heights will build through this evening with large surf continuing into Friday.
Larger surf at offshore breaks and an enhanced risk of sneaker waves on northwest California beaches. Surf heights will reach around 20 feet along west and northwest facing 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.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
A Beach Hazard Statement is issued when threats such as sneaker waves and high surf create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution should be used when in or near the water.