Weather Update: Large Storm Producing Large Sneaker Waves

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD REPORTS THAT A LARGE STORM IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC CONTINUES TO GENERATE A SIGNIFICANT LONG PERIOD SWELL. THESE HIGH-ENERGY, FAST-MOVING WAVES WILL REACH THE COAST LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH THIS WEEKEND. WEST SWELLS OF 8-TO-12 FEET WILL PRODUCE AVERAGE BREAKING WAVES OF 16-TO-19 FEET AND COULD RESULT IN POWERFUL WAVES UP TO 25 FEET ALONG THE COAST. SWELLS OF THIS TYPE HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF PRODUCING SNEAKER WAVES, WHICH CAN RAPIDLY RUN UP BEACHES.

JETTIES AND EXPOSED ROCKS THAT MAY SEEM SAFE TO WALK ON, CAN SUDDENLY BECOME WASHED OVER BY THESE POWERFUL WAVES. THE NWS URGES BEACHGOERS TO STAY FAR BACK FROM THE SURF AND AWAY FROM LOGS OR DEBRIS. NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE WATER.

This entry was posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News, Weather Warnings.