Coast Guard warns of adverse Bay Area weather

December 20, 2014
                                                         SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard advises the public to exercise caution when on and around the water, as a combination of high seas and king tides are expected throughout Central and Northern California through mid-week.  A strong storm system that originated in the Gulf of Alaska has brought a long period northwest swell to the Central and Northern California coastline.  That combined with the expected king tides, which will begin on Sunday and run through Tuesday, will create extremely hazardous conditions on local beaches.  The high tide begins around 9:30 a.m., Sunday, and is predicted to reach almost seven feet.The Coast Guard encourages all marinas, vessel owners, operators and the public who live along the water to prepare for the possibility of flooding. Boat owners are advised to check the status of mooring and anchoring arrangements. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory that will remain from 9 a.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday."We strongly urge the public to exercise extreme caution when visiting local beaches during the winter months." said Capt. Greg Stump, commander, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. "Boat owners should be vigilant about ensuring the safety of their vessels, as the extreme tidal current flow brought on by the king tides can compromise mooring arrangements."The Coast Guard recommends the public keep advised of weather changes through the National Weather Service, and to monitor channel 16 VHF-FM for the most current safety advisories.