High surf advisory and high wind watch this week

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Lisa Ehret, Director, Office of Emergency Services

Wednesday to Friday: The National Weather Services has issued a high surf advisory beginning today and into Friday. Peak levels are expected on Wednesday. These conditions can produce dangerous swells and breaking waves of 18 to 24 feet.   
Recommendations if going to the beach:
  • Never turn your back to the ocean. Always keep your eyes on the ocean.
  • Stay away from and out of the water during swell events.
  • Stay further back from the water's edge and off rocks and jetties.
  • If an area is wet, assume that another wave will reach that location again.
  • Do not attempt to rescue pets that have been swept into the sea, most pets will make it out of the water on their own.
Thursday: A high wind watch is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening. Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected, with potential gusts over 60 mph. 
When outside:
  • Watch for falling or moving debris (power lines, tree limbs)
  • High profile vehicles, use caution, slow speed
For additional weather information visit the National Weather Service website.
The seasons are changing. Time to refresh your personal emergency preparedness plan. Visit the Office of Emergency Services to utilize this planning resources.