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'Dangerous, Life-Threatening' Waves Pummel Bay Area

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 17, 2018 - 8:33 am

Beachgoers from Sonoma to Monterey counties should stay away from the shoreline because dangerous waves will hit the region through Monday night, the National Weather Service said. 

Waves of 17 to 21 feet tall would lash the shore. Some spots, such as Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay, might see towering 50 feet high waves. The swells raise the chance of rip currents and sneaker waves on the coast, according to the weather service.

"Dangerous, life threatening waves will impact the shoreline," the National Weather Service said. "It is advised that people remain off of and away from the shoreline during this event."

The high surf warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. on Monday. It took effect on Sunday morning. 

Despite the risk posted on electronic signs in San Francisco's Ocean Beach parking lots, many people were seen frolicking along the shore and playing with their dogs in the water. 

"Thanks for the warning," said one woman when approached by a KCBS Radio reporter. "We'll get on out of here."