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Wind Warnings, High Surf for Washington / Oregon Coast | Gusts Up to 70

Published 01/02/21 at 4:05 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Wind Warnings, High Surf for Washington / Oregon Coast | Gusts Up to 70

(Portland, Oregon) – This weekend’s major storm along the coasts of Washington and Oregon is bringing a uniform call for safety and caution along the beaches and roads. The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in both states have issued high wind warnings and high surf advisories from Brookings straight through to the inlet seas of Washington, with 70 mph gusts possible. It’s being touted as the highest winds yet of the season. (Photo: high tides slam Hug Point near Cannon Beach, courtesy Seaside Aquarium)

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Extremely large waves are set to hit the beaches, as high as 28-foot breakers rolling onshore.

Time range differs slightly for warnings and advisories, but the strongest action is from Saturday through Monday.

North / Central Washington Coast. There is a high surf advisory in effect through 10 a.m. on Sunday. The NWS said large breaking waves of 18 to 22 feet are expected. This is for the coastal areas of Raymond and northward.

“Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions,” the NWS said.

For the same area, a high wind warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. Expect southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

Southern Washington Coast. A high wind warning has been issued for the areas of Raymond, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Naselle, Cathlamet, and Cape Disappointment, in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday. Expect south winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

North and Central Oregon Coast. The south Washington coast alerts are almost identical for the north and central Oregon coast (including Florence, Newport, Lincoln City, Oceanside, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita and Seaside).

The high wind warning is in effect through 1 a.m. Sunday, with gusts up around 65 mph at times. Headlands and beaches will likely see wind gusts around 70 mph or more. Sustained winds will be in the 40s or slightly less.

The high surf advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday with breakers up to 28 feet.

South Oregon Coast. The southern half of the Oregon’s beaches have no surf advisories but caution should still be exercised.

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The high wind warning is slightly more severe for the southern half, in effect until 1 p.m. Monday. South winds 25 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected.

“A brief break in the winds is expected from Sunday morning through early Sunday evening,” the NWS said. “Expect the highest winds between Port Orford and Humbug Mountain, and at Cape Blanco.” More storm photos below

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