Another Round of High Winds, Floods for Oregon Coast, Portland, Inland
Published 12/08/2015 at 5:45 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff
(Oregon Coast) – A host of coast issues, and plenty of problems in Portland too.
The Oregon coast is the subject of another high wind warning and flood warning, and inland towns such as Portland are under a flood advisory. All of these are in place through Wednesday afternoon, but another round of storms – though faster moving – are coming in Thursday, possibly bringing some snow to higher elevations. (Above: flooding in Nehalem yesterday, courtesy Angi Wildt).
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued these warnings, but has left at least one coastal flood and surf advisory open through December 11 – Friday.
Meanwhile, the high wind warning issued by the NWS says sustained winds in the 20's and 30's are likely through the early morning on Wednesday, with gusts up to 70 mph on beaches and headlands. The NWS said possible hazards include power outages and downed trees blocking roads. (See video at bottom for more wild storm sights).
Monday's wind storm resulted in peak wind gusts as high as 80 mph at the Sea Lion Caves and 75 mph at Cape Meares, while most areas received gusts in the upper 40s and low 50's.
Flooding has already been a major problem in Portland and along the Oregon coast. Sinkholes shut down part of Highway 22 near Hebo and a road in Gresham yesterday. Spectacular photos of a flooded Pearl District in Portland were fired off all over social media.
Those heading to Tillamook from Salem are urged to use Highway 18. The routes between Salem and Lincoln City that include Hwy 22 turning into Hwy 18 are fine.
The coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday, and another advisory kicks in Thursday and Friday.
The NWS expects more rivers to go beyond flood stage again, made worse by extremely large tidal conditions. Dangerous breakers of 30 to 40 feet may impact the beaches, making things doubly hazardous along small beaches, jetties and rocky ledges near the waves.
This time around, the NWS is telling businesses and residents near the surf zone – meaning oceanfront properties – that they should be alert for the possibility of flooding. There is a good chance water may surge inland, even over rip rap.
Portland streams and rivers are under another flood advisory as well, along with Yamhill County, Columbia County, Clackamas County.
Another storm system is expected late Wednesday night through Thursday morning, but the NWS said forecast models show the winds to be not as high. Rains will remain heavy, however. Best Lodgings for Storm Watching on Oregon Coast
Still more storm systems are expected from Friday through Tuesday of next week, bringing much more rain. The coast range could get as much as seven inches of rain in that period. Snow levels may drop to 2500 feet. More Oregon Coast Weather. See Oregon Coast Traffic Conditions
Below: some parks on the coast are closed due to flooding (photo courtesy State Parks).
Mouth of the Siletz Bay, Lincoln City, Oregon 12-7-15, about 4hrs after high tide. Stay safe and warm today!Posted by Rock Your World: Pacific NW Gem & Jewelry Gallery on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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