180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Damage 'Worse Than Columbus Day
here for video of storm aftermath
(Oregon Coast) – One coastal resident described it
as “worse than the Columbus Day storm” and looking “like
Hiroshima out there.”
With gusts over 100 mph, trees down everywhere you look,
power out along almost the entire northern half of the Oregon coast, and
major damage to property, the region is in the middle of what many consider
the worst storm ever.
It was the first time the National Weather Service issued
a warning for “hurricane-force winds” on the coast. And those
expectations were met. Bay City, near Tillamook, reported a gust as high
as 129 mph. Lincoln City reported 92, and Rockaway Beach recorded a gust
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The result was power out from Astoria down to Depoe Bay
– over 100 miles of coastline. Newport is intact, South Beach had
power restored this afternoon, while Waldport and Yachats are still in
the dark, which amounts to almost 180 miles of outages.
|Big waves on the central coast
Waldport resident Jauna Brown said the PUD told her family
on Sunday night it could be 48 hours before power might return there.
On the north coast, power officials said the main transmission
lines into the area were all down. At least one tower in the mountains
that carries those lines to the north coast is down. Officials say there
could be more.
Phone lines are down on the entire north coast as well
as in Lincoln City. Calls to those landlines are met with busy signals
or an “all circuits are busy” message.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has continued the flood
warnings for the Wilson, Trask, Nestucca, Siletz and Nehalem rivers. Minor
flooding is forecast for these, which include the areas around Nehalem,
Waldport, Lincoln City, Tillamook and various parts of northern Clatsop
|Seaside getting battered by a storm (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside
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Flooding has caused numerous closures all over the coast.
Tillamook was closed off on all sides this afternoon. Other closures include
just south of Seaside and Highways 6 and 26, and parts of Highway 18 close
to Lincoln City.
Keith Chandler is manager of the Seaside
Aquarium but lives in Astoria. He left Seaside early this morning
to return home and make sure his family was safe. Via a cell phone call
that was wrought with disruptions, Chandler told BeachConnection.net it
was a brutal melee.
“It’s like Hiroshima out there,” Chandler
said. “There are trees down everywhere. Siding is all over the place.
The aquarium’s billboard on the north end of town is knocked over,
and most road signs are gone. I think it’s worse than the Columbus
Day Storm. There’s more damage.”
|Waves hit the bottom of the stairway at Newport's Starfish Point
Chandler is worried the power may be out for a whole week
on the north coast.
“There’s one tower down that they know about,”
he said. “But how many more are there? They don’t know, because
they need a helicopter to get out there and survey the damage, and they
can’t get one out there now.”
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BeachConnection.net could not reach any of its correspondents
that were not working in the Portland office.
Brown and her family watched in awe as various objects
from the neighborhood went flying everywhere. “The neighbor’s
house was losing siding and shingles all day, and now all the siding is
gone,” she said. “A tree fell on our truck, but luckily there
was no damage.”
Husband Jeff Brown was dealing with another tree that had
fallen onto the couple’s power line going from the house to the
pole. “It’s sagging and just dropped another ten feet, but
it hasn’t snapped yet,” he said.
Jauna said they were watching a porta-potty across the
street get knocked over and start moving. “We were watching that
flying around and I kept hoping, ‘No, don’t land over here.’
It wound up wrapping around a tree, and there’s toilet paper everywhere.”
Newport, however, seemed impervious to any of the brouhaha.
Starfish Point manager Danielle Emerick said power didn’t go out
there, although her net access has been gone for three days.
|Nehalem River floods the town in 2006 (photo Rachel Sip)
“We’re doing fine over here,” she said.
“Newport never seems to get hit.”
Emerick added the surf was right up onto the bottom of
the cliff below the hotel, and was sometimes climbing up the inn’s
“The waves are moving from south to north,”
Emerick said. “They’re getting blown so hard by the wind,
you can see them get pushed from Nye Beach all the way up here to Agate
the mess, Chandler still got a bit humorous about the maniacal storm conditions,
citing the fact Seaside has been celebrating “Festivus” week
– a term borrowed from the Seinfeld show, used to describe a shopping
“There’s the Columbus Day storm, but
we’ve got to come up with a name for this one,” he said. “How
about the Festivus Storm?”
Meanwhile, with most roads to the coast closed anyway,
officials urge people not to try and head out to the beach to check things
out. Wait a couple days. Then, however, things will be quite interesting,
with lots of wild debris on the beaches to check out and some fascinating
High winds will continue until later tonight on the coast.
here for video of storm aftermath
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
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up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
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171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
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