MEDFORD, Ore. -- The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast for Wednesday. Multiple combined swells will make for elevated surf and increased chances for sneaker waves along the coast.
Breakers of 9 to 10 feet will be possible along with sneaker waves between 5 AM to 11 PM Wednesday. The greatest risk for sneaker waves will be after 11 AM Wednesday, especially, for west facing beaches. Sneaker waves run up significantly farther onto beaches, can wash over jetties and rocks, and they can also quickly and unexpectedly sweep people out to sea.
The Coast Guard advises to stay off jetties, rocks, and logs on the beaches and never turn your back to the ocean.
It's possible these threats could continue into Thursday.
Sneaker waves can surprise #beach goers, knock you down, and sweep you out to sea. Every year, people get swept off of jetties, logs, & rocks at S. OR beaches. Do not climb the rocks, logs, and jetties. Stay aware of the surf zone, & never turn your back on the ocean. #orwx #cawx pic.twitter.com/syJ6H9W7S6
— NWS Medford (@NWSMedford) October 10, 2018