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New Sneaker Wave Hazards for S. Oregon Coast Through Washington Coast Sun - Tues

Published 01/22/23 at 5:40 AM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

New Sneaker Wave Hazards for S. Oregon Coast Through Washington Coast Sun - Tues

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(Oregon Coast) – Watch out for those beaches on the north Oregon coast and south Washington coast today, as the National Weather Service (NWS) said there is an increased chance of deadly sneaker waves from Florence through to Raymond. Just as that expires, the south Oregon coast gets hit with similar issues on Monday through Tuesday. (Photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

The NWS has a beach hazards statement in effect until Sunday afternoon for the north Oregon coast and south Washington coast. Sneaker waves are likely with the mix of king tides and offshore combined seas at 18 feet with a long period swell at 15 seconds. All that will subside by late afternoon, but until then the NWS is telling you to be wary along all beaches in that stretch. This includes Long Beach, Ocean Park, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Pacific City, Lincoln City and Yachats, along with everything in between.

“Perigean spring tides associated with the new moon phase will bring potential for minor tidal overflow issues on the south Washington Coast at times through Monday,” the NWS said.

Overnight, the NWS has issued a new beach hazards statement for the south Oregon coast, from Reedsport southwards. Sunday may be better there when it comes to large waves but offshore swells will be gaining in intensity later on Monday. The statement is in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, warning that even greater dangers are coming to beaches around Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford and Gold Beach.

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“There is a high to extreme risk of sneaker waves late Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning as a long period northwest swell builds into the waters,” the NWS said. “Sneaker waves produce unusually high run up on beaches when compared to other observed waves. Sneaker waves can sweep up the beach without warning and knock unsuspecting people over and pull them out to sea.”

The NWS said such waves can also lift or move large log already soaked with water, which can lead to injury or death.

For the south coast the NWS offered some other words of warning:

“If you plan to be at the beach this Monday into Tuesday, please observe the ocean from a safe distance.”

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Sneaker waves at Seaside, courtesy Seaside Aquarium

Coos Bay-area photo courtesy Manuela Durson - see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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