Officials Warn of Dangerous Sneaker Waves on NorCal Coast this Week

With a long period of swell expected to hit Northern California beaches on Wednesday and Thursday, officials are warning potential beachgoers to beware of dangerous sneaker waves this week. The waves are expected along the coast from the Bay Area all the way up to Humboldt.

Sneaker waves will bring water much higher up onto the beach than expected, potentially sweeping people out into the ocean. They can also push debris like logs high up the beach, which can knock over or pin people on the beach. This can result in sometimes fatals occurrences, which is why the National Weather Service is announcing Beach Hazards throughout the week.

There have been several fatal incidents due to sneaker waves in NorCal in recent years, including a fisherman getting swept out to sea in 2019.

The below viral video from Humboldt can show you the unexpected nature of sneaker waves;

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