Weather Alerts for Santa Cruz

Issued by the National Weather Service

Beach Hazards Statement  BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT   Beach Hazards Statement

Areas Affected:
Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore - Northern Monterey Bay - San Francisco - San Francisco Peninsula Coast - Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast
Effective: Fri, 1/24 12:47pm Updated: Fri, 1/24 9:31pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sat, 1/25 11:00am Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

...Increased Risk of Sneaker Waves, Rip Currents, and Large Shore
Break through Saturday Morning...
.A relatively large, long period WNW swell train has begun to
move into the coastal waters and will increase through this
evening, leading to an increased risk of sneaker waves and rip
currents along the Pacific coastline. As swells build, expect
breaking wave heights of 15 to 20 feet.
* WHAT...Increased risk of sneaker waves, rip currents, and large
shore break are expected.
* WHERE...Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National
Seashore, Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast, San
Francisco Peninsula Coast, San Francisco and Northern Monterey
Bay Counties.
* WHEN...Through 11 AM PST Saturday.
* IMPACTS... Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to
sea. Sneaker waves can knock unsuspecting beach goers over and
into the sea.

Remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions, or stay
near occupied lifeguard towers. Swimmers should avoid swimming in
areas of large shore break. Rock jetties can be deadly in such
conditions, stay off the rocks.
If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against
the current. If able, swim in a direction following the
shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave
for help.