The United States Coast Guard captain of the port has closed the entrance to Humboldt Bay due to high surf, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Service wrote in a Tweet this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a high surf warning this morning, in effect until 10 p.m., predicting waves up to 32 feet along the local coastline, especially on west and north west facing beaches.
“Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and washing over large rocks and jetties. These large waves can be erratic and unpredictable,” the weather service warning states. “Use extra caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean water.”
The warning also urged mariners looking to cross the bar to “exercise extreme caution especially during max ebb,” which was expected to take place between noon and 6 p.m. today. People are warned not to
go down to the jetties to watch or photograph the high surf.