Weather managers in California warned potential beachgoers to stay far from the ocean until at least Thursday due to a river of massive waves as they said can cause “some death”.
The National Weather Service for the San Francisco Bay Area issued a high surf advisory on Tuesday, saying waves between 15 and 25 feet regularly on the beach until later in the week and warns that some waves could rise at 30 feet in certain areas. Previous advice predicted single waves of 50 feet or more, and the agency gave a strong message to anyone who tried to brave the surf.
“BEMA HELP BACK FROM OCEAN OR RISK FISH DEATH ,” NWS for Bay Area wrote last week.
Further south, NWS Los Angeles waves waves up to 25 feet cause powerful ripple currents and strong seas can damage docks and coastal structures. The office urged inexperienced swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water and told others to stay far from the water, if a big wave is unexpectedly landed.
The authorities closed the popular Ventura Pier on Tuesday after waves snapped at least one of the pillars of the structure. It is unclear when the landmark will be resumed, but officials remained hopeful that the damage would be minimal.
The bad weather has affected almost the entire west coast, stretching all the way up to the Washington state and calling for advice from Canada to Mexico, according to the Washington Post.
An annual big-wave Surf contest, Mavericks Challenge, was intercepted in Half Moon Bay, California, and may be converted to January, organized announcements.