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More Active Tides, Weather on Oregon / Washington Coast: Floods, Winds

Published 11/06/21 at 6:49 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

More Active Tides, Weather on Oregon / Washington Coast: Floods, Winds

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(Manzanita, Oregon) – With one more day of wild king tides ahead on the Oregon and Washington coast, the active weather patterns don't stop there. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued yet another flood advisory for the northern part of the Oregon coast and southern Washington coast, from Lincoln City through to Raymond, Washington, which is in effect on Sunday. The southern Oregon coast will be on a high wind watch on Monday. (Photo above: tidal overflow and debris at Seaside last year, courtesy Seaside Aquarium)

Along with the king tides, sizable swells offshore are adding some power to the surges, and thus more tidal overflow is occurring along parts of the Oregon coast. Video taken during Saturday's event is already impressive. See Oregon Coast Weather - Washington Coast Weather

“Minor flooding occurred in Pacific City and Nehalem Saturday afternoon,” the NWS said. “The high tide Sunday is forecast to peak near 11 feet.”

The coastal flood advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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“Minor flooding, up to one foot above ground level, during high tides is expected in the low lying areas near bays, sloughs, and the lower reaches of the coastal rivers,” the NWS said.

Offshore combined seas are generally around 12 feet on Sunday, with a considerably long period between swells, which can increase the dangers on the beach and add to the likelihood of sneaker waves. See How Not To Get Yourself Killed Shooting Washington / Oregon Coast King Tides

Again, stay off all beaches on Sunday. You can see from the videos and pictures shared on social media (including below) there is literally no room for human beings on the sands as the tides really get going.

All of this will bring more oceanic pyrotechnics to rocky areas, especially at typical hotspots such as Coos Bay's Shore Acres, Yachats, or Depoe Bay. Storm watching will be good – but stay off the sands and low-lying access spots.

King Tides Day Two: The surf picked up a bit today and the tide was just a wee bit bigger. One more day left in the series. Remember to always make sure you are in a safe location when observing the ocean, especially during King Tides.

Posted by Seaside Aquarium on Saturday, November 6, 2021

On the southern Oregon coast, a high wind watch is in effect on Monday from the afternoon through the late night hours. South winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible.

Affected areas include Port Orford, Brookings, Coos Bay, Bandon and Gold Beach.

“Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines,” the NWS said. “Power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

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Cape Disappointment, courtesy Kris Hurrl

King tides at Waldport, courtesy Jon French

Photos below: king tides in the Nehalem area, courtesy Gretel Oxwang

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