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Hazardous Beaches, Wind Warnings, Floods on Oregon / Washington Coast

Published 02/27/22 at 6:22 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Hazardous Beaches, Wind Warnings, Floods on Oregon / Washington Coast

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(Oregon Coast) – A blustery, wet and somewhat dangerous day and a half are in store for parts of the Oregon coast and Washington coast Sunday and Monday, with a high wind warning in effect through Monday afternoon and a flood watch through Tuesday for some areas. To top it all off, the National Weather Service (NWS) warns of chaotic surf around 18 to 22 feet, creating some fairly dangerous situations.

The high wind warnings and flood watches are in effect for the northern half of the Oregon coast and southern half of the Washington coast, while areas north and south of that will not be too adversely affected. However, strong surf conditions are expected on the southern Oregon coast as well, although there are no warnings there

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The high wind warning for areas such as Westport, Long Beach, Seaside, Pacific City, Lincoln City and Florence are in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday night through 4 p.m. Monday. Look for sustained south winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph, perhaps even stronger on headlands around Cannon Beach, Newport, the Long Beach Peninsula or Cape Foulweather.

In other words, this is a pretty sizable winter storm for the Oregon coast and Washington coast.

“Damaging winds may damage trees and power lines,” the NWS said. “Power outages are likely. Travel will be challenging, especially for high profile vehicles late tonight through Monday afternoon.”

The flood watches are in effect for the entire upper half of the Oregon coast as well as southern half of Washington coast, from about Florence through to Westport, including the Coast Range and Willapa Hills. This is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon, with the possibility of floods caused by excessive rainfall, especially along the Washington coast.

“Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” the NWS said. “At this time, the highest concern is for the Grays and Naselle Rivers, which could reach flood stage late Monday night or Tuesday morning.”

Offshore, the NWS said gale force winds and steep seas will be combining to make large swells coming ashore.

“The strong southerly winds will result in significant wind wave action, which will also be combined with a westerly background swell around 6-8 ft,” the NWS said. “This setup should push combined seas to near 20 ft again tonight and Monday morning. Seas will begin to subside again later Monday, but will likely stay at or above 10 ft through Tuesday night and possibly into Wednesday as well.”

Such beach hazards will be pushing on land a bit, the NWS said.

“A high tidal cycle coupled with swollen rivers may lead to some minor tidal overflow flooding along portions of the north coast Monday and Tuesday,” the NWS said.

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