Triplicate Staff

Forecasters are warning beachgoers along the Northern California coast, including Del Norte and Humboldt counties, to be careful of sneaker waves, large surf and strong currents.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through Monday evening for Del Norte and Humboldt counties, and beachgoers are advised to always keep their eyes on the ocean and stay off rocks and jetties.

State park officials reported 8 to 10 foot wave sets at the notorious sneaker wave beach across from Freshwater Lagoon just south of Orick. The sizable wave sets are separated by five to ten flat periods, said Troy Nicolini, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Eureka.

"That flat period provides enough time to go somewhere where you feel safe and then you can get caught off guard," Nicolini said.

A beach warning was also issued for Sonoma County through southern Monterey County through Tuesday afternoon.

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