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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Watch Out Swimmers: Insanely Powerful Waves to Hit the Bay Area This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:53 AM

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Even the best of swimmers need to be mindful of Mother Nature this weekend, as she's planning to sweep the area with fast, strong, and high waves along the coast. 

She'll manipulate you, drawing you to the beach with the warm temperatures expected this weekend. But once you're there, watch out. The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf advisory, warning of waves that will grow to 20-plus feet and be strong enough to snap a surf board in half.

Sometime tonight, a storm system is expected to stir through the Pacific Ocean, pushing these very fast-moving waves our way.  

Per the NWS:
Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and washing over large rocks and jetties.These large waves can be erratic and unpredictable. Use extra caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent waters. Remember that high surf is often associated with riptides and can be powerful enough to snap a surfboard in half. If you are caught in a riptide do not swim against it. Instead swim parallel to shore until you are free of the powerful current.
These insane waves will be threatening the area until rough Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Consider yourself warned. 
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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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