Surf Noir: Deadly swell brewing off Oregon Coast

COOS BAY, Ore. - A wintery late-fall storm summoned warnings of a dangerous surf's up: The National Weather Service announced a high surf warning in effect from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday night.

"They expect Wind Waves will build Wednesday morning and afternoon with breakers in the surf zone peaking at 22-27 feet Wednesday night," said Ann Rakosi, a supervisor in the Coos County Sheriff's Office. "The highest surf will be at south facing beaches and ports, resulting in very hazardous conditions and rip currents.  

"So there’s a chance of water in some beach side parking lots, driftwood and debris may be tossed about on the beaches, rip tides and sneaker waves will be likely, and overall beach conditions will be especially dangerous (even more so during high tide between 4 and 5 pm Wednesday).

"So please use extra caution if you choose to go to any of our beaches," Rakosi said. "Stay well above the high water line, and definitely stay off jetties."