High surf to hit North Coast today

From the T-S:

A massive ocean swell with waves up to 20 feet is expected to crash into the North Coast today and grow in intensity until early Sunday, just as crab fishermen leave harbor for the first day of the Dungeness crab season.

As large storms build in the Gulf of Alaska, a large northwest swell — with waves between 18 and 20 feet — will make its way to the shores of Humboldt County by Saturday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Burger.

Those waves are expected to build to their maximum height Sunday morning, before tapering off through the early part of the week, he said.

From NOAA:

TODAY...N WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 10 TO
 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 TO 14 FT AT 20 SECONDS.

TONIGHT...N WIND 10 KT...BECOMING NE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND
 WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 12 TO 14 FT AT 18 SECONDS. 

SUN...E WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND
 WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 11 TO 13 FT AT 16 SECONDS. 

SUN NIGHT...S WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W
 SWELL 11 FT. PATCHY FOG.

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