(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Hazardous beach conditions reported for Wednesday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has put out a hazard alert for Wednesday in anticipation of large, long-period swells.

Long-period swells are fast moving waves that are more resistant to winds and current, causing larger surfs than normal. Wednesdays waves are predicted to reach up to 20 feet in height.

With them comes sneaker waves, which are strong and sudden surges that can catch beach goers unaware, and rip currents, which are a strong undertow.

Steep beaches pose the greatest risk, says the NWS, and people are encouraged to stay out of the water and away from the shore.

San Francisco County beaches are under a hazard warning until 6 p.m. on Dec 21.beachbeach hazardsweather

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco mayor calls in 200 law enforcement officers from California to enforce curfew

Mayor London Breed said Sunday morning that she made the request last night as first responders answered calls to dozens of fires and vandalism

Mayor Breed declares curfew after anti-police brutality protest ends in looting, vandalism

Hundreds march through city in largely peaceful day of action marking death of George Floyd

Video surfaces amid George Floyd death fallout showing SF police kneeling on man’s neck

Teen says he struggled to breathe during arrest: ‘I felt like I was going to die’

Trump was dismissive on phone call, George Floyd’s family says

Trump “didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak,”

‘Extremely disturbing’: SF police chief condemns death of George Floyd

Bill Scott joins SFPOA, top cops nationwide in deeming incident a failure of policing

Most Read