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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Storm, Trees Damage Oregon Coast But Create
|Tree downed on 2nd Ave. in Seaside, blocking the road to the Seaside
Aquarium (photo: Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium
(Oregon Coast) – Big waves and even bigger winds
smacked the Oregon coast Monday, causing locals to gleefully declare it
was the first big storm of the season.
Wind gusts of up to 92 mph were reported at Cape Meares,
on the northern coast, while Garibaldi recorded a gust in the 80’s,
as did Ecola Point in Cannon Beach and Clatsop Spit near Astoria. Newport’s
Yaquina Head got only a 54 mph rush of wind just before noon.
Still, the wind was enough to cause power outages in Portland,
Hillsboro and in various places on the coast, while creating some dangerous
situations with fallen trees all over the coastal region and on the routes
to the coast. One tree hung precariously on a few power lines along Highway
26 in the morning.
“Big winds and low barometric pressure,” said
Guy DiTorrice, who took numerous photographs of the tidal melee for
|Windswept beach at Seaside (photo Boothe)
It was all enough to cause the National Weather Service
to extend its high surf warning until 10 p.m. Monday night.
In Gearhart, parts of the roof were torn off the firehouse.
The winds were strong enough at the Ecola State Park Headland to cause
officials to shut down the park. A tree blocked the roads there for a
time and stranded some visitors.
In Manzanita, San
Dune Inn owner Brian Hines found his metal bird sculpture –
called “Ethel – knocked down. “A pretty good barometer
of wind gusts is whether Ethel stays standing,” Hines said. “She
was flat out in the parking lot when I opened up.”
“Cool storm,” said Trollers
Lodge owner Peg Leoni, looking out over her perch in Depoe Bay. “Power
was off and on a couple of times here, the longest outage was an hour.”
|The surf was so strong Monday it reached
up to the cliffs at the northern end of Newport (photo: Guy DiTorrice)
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DiTorrice said there wasn’t a lot to report in Newport,
except for some pretty spectacular wave action. “Surf buildup was
minimal, as long ocean swells were pretty well flattened before hitting
the beaches,” DiTorrice said. “The max recorded wave height
at the Stonewall Banks - just NW of Newport - was 33 feet, again around
11. Very frothy surf with plenty of foam on the beaches throughout the
Since 1 p.m., the wind has died down, he said, but the
surf is still broiling. “Not aware of any reported landslide or
other land movement damage in the immediate area.”
|Waves during something rare in Seaside:
lapping at the Turnaround
In Cannon Beach, power was out for a few hours but restored
to most businesses by around noon. In Seaside, Seaside
Aquarium’s Tiffany Boothe said the power went out only briefly,
but the downed trees were the big story.
“Quite a few trees went down, including one large
tree on 2nd Ave., which blocked the road to the aquarium for a few hours,”
she said. “Despite all of this excitement some were still more interested
in what the aquarium had to offer than the spectacle outside.”
At the Seaside Turnaround, things got interesting –
just as manager Keith Chandler had predicted on Sunday. A somewhat rare
sight: waves started lapping at the Turnaround, which is normally a good
100 –300 feet away from the tide line.
|Winds tossed the swingset around with ferocity on Seaside's beach
Michele Franck, owner of Oregon
Beach House Rentals on the central coast, was nothing short of excited.
“Let the winter begin,” she said. “The waves were reaching
the seawall at Sea Gypsy Condos and roiling in upstream under Kyllo's
Restaurant. What an amazing view. Just stay off of Highway 101. Downed
trees caused traffic backups, as usual.”
In Depoe Bay, Carole Barkhurst runs the visitor
center, but had the day off. In that area, she witnessed what she
called the most incredible bird show she’d ever seen.
of the high wind and rain, hundreds of pelicans, sea gulls, ducks, geese,
and other species all settled in the keys just north of Immonen Road,”
she said. “A birder was there who explained birds and understands
weather much better than we do. He realized the situation was like a typhoon
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"They were clustered close together on logs, sand
bars, and in the water. During the height of the storm none of them took
off and there was not a sound from them. They floated in groups always
facing the wind. As they moved too far in one direction they would correct,
and a different pelican would be in front. There were three distinct types
of pelican which I had heard of but never saw before. I watched for over
two hours and the show was worth it.
|Big waves smack Yaquina Head in Newport (photo DiTorrice)
“Humans were in awe. Cars would stop to watch, take
pictures, but mostly just observe.”
Suites owner Donna Weiss had just come through the gauntlet of the
coast range, returning to Seaside from Portland. She said the wind had
calmed by 1 p.m., but it left its mark along Highway 26.
“I did notice that there were several areas
where trees and limbs had fallen,” she said. “Some road crews
were still working as we came over highway 26, but traffic is moving along
just fine. People need to drive carefully during high winds and rain.
The fallen leaves are also very dangerous. Drivers need to be alert and
not follow too close to the car in front of them.”
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