High Winds on Oregon Coast Overnight, Wild Waters
(Oregon Coast) - A high wind warning has been issued for the northern half of the Oregon coast, including the towns of Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Yachats and Florence. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Portland said the warning is in effect from 11 p.m. tonight (Saturday) through 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Winds from the south to southwest will increase to 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, the NWS said in its bulletin. More winds appear to be headed to the central Oregon coast to towns like Yachats, Lincoln City or Pacific City.
“A few gusts up to 65 mph are possible mainly along the central Oregon coast beaches and headlands,” the NWS said.
High spots and headlands like Cape Foulweather or Newport's Yaquina Head will get a larger brunt of the wind.
The strongest winds are expected in the overnight hours, which will mean some interesting howling winds to sleep through, if you're on the Oregon coast.
There are plenty of small craft advisories issued by the NWS for boats just offshore. Those heavy winds mean plenty of white caps and dangerous conditions for watercraft. However, the NWS is also adding the warnings of “secondary swells,” which not only means more hazards on the ocean but also the serious potential for beach hazards. This increases the likelihood of really large sneaker waves on flat beaches.
It could also translate into spectacular wave action on rocky areas like those near Cannon Beach, at Yachats, Depoe Bay and Oceanside.
See tide tables and further weather information here:
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