'Use extra caution along the coast and always keep an eye to the sea'

"A 18-22 ft westerly swell will arrive across the Oregon & Washington coastal waters Thursday and linger into Friday. Please avoid jetties these next couple of days and beach-goers should use caution, particularly on Thursday due to sneaker wave potential," the National Weather Service in Portland said.

COOS BAY, Ore. - Forecasters issued a high surf advisory for the central and southern Oregon Coast on Thursday, cautioning beach goes to stay off rocks and jetties due to the potential for deadly sneaker waves.

"Wave runup on beaches will be much higher than normal," the National Weather Service said in the advisories, " and could unexpectedly sweep you off your feet and into the turbulent and frigid waters. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs and along the water's edge."

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The advisory is in effect for the central coast from 1 p.m Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.

The advisory for the southern coast begins at 5 p.m Thursday and continues until 11 p.m. Friday.

"Bar crossings, jetties and the surf zone will be especially dangerous due to strong currents and breaking wave action," forecasters cautioned. "Use extra caution along the coast and always keep an eye to the sea."

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