180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
and Officials: Oregon Coast Storm as Bad as 1995
|Storm waves near Depoe Bay
(Oregon Coast) - Many
experts are saying this was worse than the 1995 storm.
With gusts around and above
100 miles an hour throughout the night, massive power outages, road closures
and flooding, everyone from coastal residents to Portland weather forecasters
are saying this storm was worse than the monster that racked the Oregon
coast and valley in December of 1995.
hitting Gleneden Beach on Wednesday
Gusts were often more
than 100 mph up and down the coast, downing trees that in turn toppled
power lines and blocked Highway 101 in various spots from Seal Rock to
Astoria – some 150 miles of havoc.
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to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
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As of Friday night,
power is still out in the top 120 miles of the entire Oregon coast: from
Lincoln City to Astoria, a stretch that includes Tillamook, Rockaway,
Manzanita, Cannon Beach and Seaside. The bad news is that it's likely
power may not be fully restored until Sunday, maybe even Monday.
Highway 6 and Highway
26 are back open after being closed because of downed trees. 45 miles
of Highway 6 were shut down until around 4:30 Friday afternoon.
About 100 tourists
and coastal residents were trapped in the coast range on Highway 26, and
around 75 of them spent the night at restaurant Camp 18. That highway
also saw large amounts of snow as low as 1000 feet, creating blizzard-like
conditions when combined with the high winds hitting the coast range.
Horn in Depoe Bay goes nuts during storms
Many parts of the
coast are still in the dark, with the 35 miles from Manzanita to Warrenton
out of power. Parts of Astoria are out as well. While most of Newport
has power, there are reports the outages may be from Lincoln City all
the way to Warrenton.
Barbara Shaw, of Shaw’s
Oceanfront Bed & Breakfast in Arch Cape – just south of Cannon
Beach - said she’d heard power may not be restored in that area
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to golfing,
fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of pristine beaches
is your thing, then this quintessential beauty in Rockaway Beach
is your ticket to vacation fun for families, couples or large groups.
Some rooms are pet friendly. All rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are
immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with
data ports. The oceanfronts all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed,
kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront
units come with all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types
sleep up to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed
with a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on
a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite that has
two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace
and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those wanting bigger
accommodations for family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings,
some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
was worse than the storm of 1995,” Shaw said. “It was the
worst we’d ever seen here. They said there would be gusts around
100, but I think there was much more than that.”
Shaw said she and her family
went to replace the top of a neighbor’s hot tub and discovered a
flying branch and gone through the window.
Shaw’s son Bob Shaw said
a gargantuan, two hundred-year-old tree in Seaside had toppled on the
The power outage contributed
to at least two deaths on the coast. A house fire in Seaside killed two
people in the home. The cause is apparently burning candles in the middle
of the darkness.
north of Florence
Ocean swells reached
40 feet throughout the night, which officials believe contributed to the
destruction of a catamaran yacht that beached in Lincoln City. Three crewmembers
are missing still from that craft.
Newport missed a lot of the
brunt of the storm, at least in terms of damage. Resident Guy DiTorrice
was the head of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association in 1995 during that
last great storm, and his yard was the landing pad for the roof of the
Izzy’s Pizza restaurant when that flew off during the melee back
the idea this storm was as bad as the ’95 one.
may have seemed that way, but in terms of damage – no,” DiTorrice
DiTorrice said damage
was minor compared to the wild ride of ’95.
DiTorrice also serves on the
volunteer fire and rescue team for Newport, and said at least one motorist
was trapped by a downed powerline or tree. But rescuers arrived quickly
and the man was not trapped very long.
Also in Newport, Village
Market & Deli owner Deb Trusty said her home atop a hill above Agate
Beach was rocked all night, and her and her husband lost some shingles
and more parts of a weakened tree. “The power went out, then back
on, then out again,” Trusty said. “We made a fire, had some
candles, and just relaxed.”
|Nye Beach, Newport
But the biggest adventure
was had by a wine rep from Portland who does regular business with the
“We told him that if
he needed to, he could find a bed waiting for him here,” Trusty
said. “And that’s exactly what he did. When the highways of
18 and 22 were closed, he tried taking Highway 20. But he actually saw
a tree fall on top of the car in front of him, and he turned right around
and he spent the night here.”
Lorna Davis, Director
of Tourism Development for the Newport Chamber of Commerce, could not
be reached by BeachConnection.net Friday afternoon because she was stranded
in Lincoln City with no gas. With power out there, gas stations could
not pump gas, and another employee of the chamber was on her way to get
Davis some gas.
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With everything north
of Lincoln City in the dark, that makes neighboring Depoe Bay the last
bastion of civilization.
Trollers Lodge owner
Peg Leoni said she was getting about five “refugees” from
the power outages at her motel – people who were not tourists. “So
far today, five from Lincoln City have checked in,” she said. “We've
had a lot of phone calls asking if we had heat and what are our prices.”
While Depoe Bay was
also got hit hard, it had its amusing moments.
The Christmas tree on the Whale
Watch building had all its needles blown off and will probably be taken
down, said Leoni.
“The red bell buoy that
is normally anchored a half mile out is now close to the rocks opposite
the 101/Bay Street traffic light,” said Leoni. “Our neighbors,
the Overmeyer's, thought it was unusually loud yesterday morning. Well,
it was right below their oceanfront home.
morning it migrated north, past the entrance to the harbor.”
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free,
fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. Every room
is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln City's most
famous stretch of beach, next to the D River. Each room, comes as
a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some
have gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players with movies available
for renting (and movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's
a heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night.
Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer
special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation and see
a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic
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