Saturday, March 31, 2012

High surf advisory through April 2

The National Weather Service has a high surf warning in effect for our area:

High surf advisory remains in effect from 3 am Sunday to 3 PM PDT Monday.

* surf height and timing... surf will build to 12 to 18 feet late tonight... continue through early Monday... then surf will slowly subside. During the peak of the event Sunday into Sunday evening... maximum sets to 25 feet are possible on exposed west and northwest facing beaches.

* Impacts... the combination of large swell and surf will produce a high risk of dangerous rip currents. This will make ocean activities hazardous for anyone.

* Coastal flooding... minor tidal overflow is possible near the times of high tide... around 6 am PDT Sunday morning and 8 PM PDT Sunday evening.

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.

People should avoid fishing or observing waves from exposed rocks or jetties. Large waves may suddenly inundate previously dry areas.

Watch the waves from a safe location on the bluffs or far back from the rocky coastline. Never turn your back on the ocean. Stay safe.

This high surf advisory isn't a problem for the weaners on the beach now. They are big enough and old enough to manage in the water, even if they are unwillingly inundated. They can swim well enough to keep themselves safe.

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