High Surf Advisory in effect for Bay Area through Sunday

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A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the Bay Area coast through the weekend.

A High Surf Advisory is in effect along the coast with a special warning about dangerous sneaker waves. The waves are expected to grow in size as the day progresses on Friday and with these large waves come plenty of warnings.

It's the kind of morning that makes you wonder why people live anywhere but in the Bay Area. The weather this weekend is expected to be unseasonably warm. The waves are supposed to put on an impressive show and that's exactly what has some people very worried. "They're saying the swell is supposed to be building. And the weather is supposed to be really nice. which is a bad combination because it brings inexperienced people down to the water's edge where a lot of accidents happen fast," Casey Lee said.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the Bay Area coastline where large swells and riptides are expected thanks to a storm developing in the Pacific Ocean. Steeper beaches like Sharp Park in Pacifica face a greater risk than usual for sneaker waves. "It would be safer to go to down to Lindamar where Sharp Park has a big undertow real close to the shore," Lee said.

The bigger waves are good news for crabs, but not so good for fishermen who want to catch them. "It knocks your crabs off and stirs up the sand and they don't bite as much as they usually do. The water is calmer they bite a lot more," Al Edgecomb said.

Edgecomb packed up by 9:00 a.m. taking home only three crabs, far short of the 10 crab limit. "Last week it was calm, we had our limit by 9:00 a.m. We must have caught 60 crabs last week, but we only get to keep 10 apiece," he said.

Those who plan to enjoy the waves from a safe distance say they're looking forward to the weekend, but say the fact this is happening in January clouds the view a bit. "It's scary, freaky, I miss the rain. I'm looking forward to next week, so please rain," Lora Kellner said.

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