SOUTH COAST — The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement, which is in effect until 4 p.m. today. There is a risk of dangerous sneaker waves on the beaches of Douglas, Coos and Curry counties.
Impacts: Sneaker waves with high run-ups can knock unsuspecting people over and drag them out to sea. Shock and hypothermia can occur quickly in the cold Pacific waters. Logs and other debris can be lifted and floated by these waves, crushing or entrapping unsuspecting victims underneath. It is advised to never turn your back to the ocean.
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View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD
A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip currents, longshore currents, sneaker waves and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Stay off of beaches, rocks, jetties, piers, and other waterside infrastructure.