PORTLAND, Ore — If you’re planning to be on the beach at the Oregon Coast on Sunday, you’ll want to be extra careful.

The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement warning of sneaker waves from Sunday morning through the evening. The warning is in effect from the south Washington Coast down to the central Oregon Coast.

“Waves can run up significantly farther on a beach than normal, including over rocks and jetties,” the alert says.

The National Weather Service says there could be sneaker waves Sunday in the areas highlighted in blue.
The National Weather Service says there could be sneaker waves Sunday in the areas highlighted in blue.
National Weather Service

Sneaker waves can knock a person off their feet and sweep them out into the ocean. They can also lift large logs and rocks and bring them down on people.

Here are some tips to keep yourself safe from sneaker waves:

  • Always keep an eye on the ocean
  • Never turn your back on the ocean
  • Stay off rocks or logs along the surf or near the water
  • If you see someone get dragged in by a sneaker wave, STAY BACK, and call 911

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