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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
209 PM PDT MON OCT 20 2014

...LARGE LONG PERIOD SWELLS TODAY AND TUESDAY...

A PACIFIC STORM IN THE GULF OF ALASKA HAS GENERATED LARGE WEST TO
NORTHWEST SWELLS THAT WERE BEGINNING TO ARRIVE TO THE WATERS OFF
POINT ARENA MONDAY AFTERNOON. SWELL HEIGHT WILL CONTINUE TO
INCREASE OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE COASTAL WATERS...UP TO 11 TO
13 FEET ON MONDAY AND CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY WITH SWELL PERIOD 14
TO 16 SECONDS. THIS WILL RESULT IN LARGE BREAKERS ALONG THE
BEACHES WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF SNEAKER WAVES AND RIP CURRENTS.

CAZ006-505-509-529-530-210515-
/O.EXT.KMTR.BH.S.0012.000000T0000Z-141022T1000Z/
SAN FRANCISCO-
COASTAL NORTH BAY...INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-
SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-
SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST-
209 PM PDT MON OCT 20 2014

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY
NIGHT...

* LOCATION...COASTLINE FROM SONOMA COUNTY SOUTH THROUGH MONTEREY
  COUNTY. IN PARTICULAR WEST AND NORTHWEST FACING BEACHES...
  INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO...OCEAN BEACH...MONTARA STATE
  BEACH...HALF MOON BAY STATE BEACH...MANRESA STATE BEACH AND
  MARINA STATE BEACH.

* TIMING...THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...LARGE BREAKERS WITH INCREASED RISK OF RIP CURRENTS
  AND SNEAKER WAVES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT FOR RIP CURRENTS MEANS THAT CONDITIONS
ARE PRESENT TO SUPPORT A HEIGHTENED RISK OF STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
RIP CURRENTS ARE TYPICALLY MORE FREQUENT AND STRONGER IN THE
VICINITY OF JETTIES...INLETS...AND PIERS. SWIMMERS CAUGHT IN A
RIP CURRENT SHOULD SWIM PARALLEL TO THE COAST TO ESCAPE THE RIP
CURRENT BEFORE TRYING TO SWIM FOR SHORE. SWIMMERS SHOULD ALWAYS
SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.

A BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT FOR SNEAKER WAVES MEANS THAT CONDITIONS
ARE PRESENT TO SUPPORT A HEIGHTENED RISK OF UNSUSPECTING BEACH
GOERS BEING SWEPT INTO THE SEA BY A WAVE. PEOPLE WALKING ALONG
THE BEACH SHOULD NEVER TURN THEIR BACK TO THE SEA. FISHERMAN
SHOULD AVOID FISHING FROM ROCKS OR JETTIES.

PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
NEW BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=CHMBHS.

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