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.
Hurricane-like Winds, High Surf Warning on
|Big storm hits central coast
(Oregon Coast) - It may seem like the apocalypse on the
Oregon coast early this week, or it will be a stormwatcher’s dream.
Either way, it will be a remarkable spectacle – and more than likely
give TV crews plenty to do.
A high wind warning, a high surf advisory and a flood watch
have all been issued for the Oregon coast by the National Weather Service
(NWS) for this weekend, even through Monday night. Meanwhile, the coastal
region saw some light touches of snow, especially up on the north coast.
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The coastal region, like the inland valley and coast range,
is expected to get hit with all sorts of weather. But on the coast, this
means a great deal of rain, dangerous waves and sustained winds that will
be around 30 to 50 mph, with gusts as high as near 100 at times –
at least on the extended headlands.
|Storm and sun in Manzanita
The NWS said the high surf advisory is in effect through
10 p.m. on Sunday night, with the initial brunt of the coming storm kicking
up the surf. “Seas as measured by buoys offshore will top 20 feet
around midday on Sunday, and rise to around 25 feet in the afternoon,”
said the NWS. Seas may drop off a few feet Sunday evening before seas
build again with the stronger portion of this storm early Monday. Seas
will build to 35 to 40 feet early Monday morning and may top 45 feet by
The NWS said the waves when combined with the high winds
have the potential to push the ocean into the land, causing damage and
flooding. High tide on Monday will be around 8 and 9 a.m., causing the
most concern for flooding, especially around some coastal rivers.
|Nehalem during an especially nasty flood in 2006
The agency warns this kind of high surf will affect beaches
with localized erosion, and it will be capable of moving large logs onto
the beach. No one should go onto the beaches during these storms.
Residents are advised to be alert for further flooding
statements by officials and take action to protect beach property.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
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A high wind watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Monday night.
Winds from Astoria to the south coast are expected to kick in with two
periods of stormy conditions, beginning early Sunday. South winds of around
30 to 40 mph should start around 7 a.m. and continue through the day.
Gusts of around 75 mph are predicted for the headlands, while coastal
communities my get gusts around 65 mph.
These will eventually increase, said the NWS, with gusts
on Monday hitting as high as 80 mph in the coastal communities, and sustained
winds of 30 to 50 mph. “Winds will decrease Monday night, once the
associated cold front pushes onshore,” said the NWS.
|Storm-tossed logs invade the accesses at Cannon Beach
The agency also warned these winds are strong enough to
produce substantial damage.
Winds in the Portland area may create occasional gusts
of 45 mph during this time, and plenty of rain is predicted for the inland
Travel in the coast range may be a problem, because as
much as a foot of new snow may drop on the higher elevations of those
roads to the coast.
As the valley and coast range experienced some snow dustings
Saturday, so did the north coast. Brian Hines, owner
of San Dune Inn in Manzanita, said he spotted a bit of the white stuff.
“A few snow flakes and some hail in Manzanita today,” Hines
said. “101 from Manzanita to Wheeler had probably a quarter inch
accumulation. The sky looks pretty threatening right now. Winds are light
No one on the central Oregon coast spotted any snow.
|Cannon Beach in a snow storm, 2007 (photo Tiffany Boothe)
expert Guy DiTorrice had some reservations about what would really
happen, but he agreed it will be a whopper if all predictions are true.
“If the weather matrix described comes to fruition,
it should compare to the type of shoreline activity we saw the winter
of 1995 - 96, with the possibility of a wind or two similar to the one
that took the roof of the Newport Izzy's, like in December of 1995,”
DiTorrice said. “Expect some impressive surf with 'normal' winter
winds – 40 to 45 mph - and OCCASIONAL gusts at or above 80 mph.
The record gust that did in Izzy's roof was somewhere around 95-plus mph.
“There will be - as there always is - higher sustained
wind peaks and gusts on headlands, like Cape Foulweather, Heceta Head,
etc, and those higher bridges crossing rivers, such as Yaquina Bay.”
Depoe Bay Visitors
Center director Carol Barkhurst said the coming storm is creating
|Storm surges in Gleneden Beach
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
“The men of Depoe Bay are struggling with major
decisions,” Barkhurst said. “We have a decorated tree on top
of the Whale Watch Building, the wreaths on the bridge, and the whales
and candy canes on the main drag. Not to even mention the elaborate outside
decorations so many have put up. Can we leave them all up? Or?”
Nearby, Peg Leoni owns and runs Trollers
Lodge in Depoe Bay. She’s been prepared for such storms for
a while, and had some suggestions for others based on what she does:
1) Check the NOAA website for the latest info: http://www.weather.gov/
and prepare accordingly.
2) Give each guest a flashlight and extra blanket
3) Secure everything that is moveable, batten down the hatches
4) Chill the wine and light the candles, it's just another storm.
As always, safety in such spectacular storms is a big consideration.
|Waves lash at Newport's Yaquina Head (photo Guy DiTorrice)
“Remember that even far-offshore events – like
the tropical depressions to the northwest of us - will kick-up inbound
long-ocean swells and help increase shoreline wave action,” DiTorric
said. “Good storm-watching occurs in safe locations where you're
not directly on a beach nor standing on a low-elevation sandstone bluff
that would be impacted by large wave activity. Remember, we lost a couple
of folks last year on ‘dry land,’ when the small bluff they
were standing on became part of a very churning beach. Safety first -
good photos second.”
Such wild wonders are what many residents live for, however.
“You must love storms and unpredictable weather
to be a true ‘Coastie,’ “ said Barkhurst. “This
is what we look forward to. As long as they are not truly destructive
- we celebrate the ferocity of the wind and the water.”
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
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and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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