Update: High Wind Warning and Mammoth Waves, Tides for Oregon Coast
Published 12/02/2015 at 5:15 AM PDT - Updated 12/02/2015 at 5:5 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff
(Oregon Coast) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the recent high wind watch to a high wind warning for the Oregon coast on Thursday, with gusts up to 65 mph possible. While there are not any wave warnings issued, some mammoth breakers are expected alongside some incredibly high tides at certain points. The big wave action will last through the weekend as well.
It's not only real storm watching for the next two days, but it will be decent storm wave watching over the weekend without the high winds.
The high wind warning is in effect from early Thursday through Thursday afternoon, although increasing winds into the 50's may happen later tonight. South winds during the wind watch period will be 30 to 40 mph, while gusts up to 65 could occur, the NWS said.
“Winds will increase Thursday morning, with strongest winds between noon and 5 p.m. Thursday,” the NWS said.
A high wind warning means hazardous winds are expected, and that conditions will be likely make driving difficult or result in some form of damage, power outages or blocked roads due to downed trees.
Big seas will be a big problem if you're on the beach: waves in the vicinity of 20 feet or more are expected throughout the weekend. Stay back at parking lot areas or vantage points, where the views will be better for high wave action anyway.
Incredibly high tides will happen in the early morning hours, up to nine feet in some cases. Most will be in the five feet to seven feet range, happening between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Early evening tides will be less, but some will be close to six feet.
This will mean plenty of great beachcombing in Oregon coast sandy spots like Lincoln City, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Pacific City or Newport. It's likely many objects will get flung onto shore, along with a wide variety of sea life. See more wild beach finds: Get Ready for Fun Finds on Oregon Coast Beaches as Winter Approaches
Areas with rocky ledges will be best for watching big waves crashing, such as Depoe Bay, Oceanside or the Yachats area. Best Lodgings for Storm Watching on Oregon Coast. See more Oregon Coast Weather and tides.
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