Bay Area beach hazard to last through the night

A woman watches the high surf building on the west-facing coast in El Segundo, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Surf is building along much of the California coast and beachgoers are warned of dangerous waves, rip currents and possibly some minor flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisories Wednesday. Waves could reach 20 feet north and south of San Francisco, 18 feet along the Central Coast while sets topping 12 feet are expected from Los Angeles to San Diego. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Hazardous beach conditions in the Bay Area are expected to continue through the night, according to the National Weather Service of San Francisco.

The National Weather Service warns of swells that could be 12-14 feet high, lasting 13-15 seconds. These swells may also result in rip currents, large shore breaks, and sneaker waves. Sneaker waves are dangerous waves that are unpredictable, and much bigger and stronger in force than preceding waves. They can sweep beach-goers from the shore into the rocky waters. The rip currents also pose a threat, as they can pull people out into the cold, turbulent ocean.

These hazards apply to the North Bay (including Point Reyes) and San Francisco Peninsula Coast, all the way down to Monterey Bay and Big Sur.

These dangerous conditions are expected to last until 3:00 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service warns people walking on the beach to never turn their backs to the ocean. They also strongly advise against fishermen fishing from the rocks.

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