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Surf Advisories on Washington / Oregon Coast Call for More Safety Precautions

Published 12/12/20 at 5:55 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Surf Advisories on Washington / Oregon Coast Call for More Safety Precautions

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(Portland, Oregon) – UPDATE: ADVISORIES EXTENDED: Surf Advisories for All of Oregon / Washington Coast: 25-foot Waves. All of the Pacific Northwest coastline is under a surf advisory Sunday except for the northern part of Washington’s coast, as large swells offshore will combine with the king tides and make for hazardous beach conditions from the southern Oregon coast through to the middle of Washington’s beaches. (Above: Keady Wayside in Waldport after wave destruction during the last king tides in November. Courtesy Jon French).

Times differ slightly from region to region, but breakers 24 feet or more are expected. Then, when combined with extraordinarily high tides of nine feet or more in the midday or late morning hours of Sunday, you have a recipe for dangerous beaches. The National Weather Service (NWS) also issued a flood advisory for the north Oregon coastline.

For the southern Oregon coast, from Brooking through to Reedsport, the surf advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. Sunday through 4 p.m. Monday. Large waves of up to 25 feet are possible there.

Pacific City, courtesy Pilar French

The NWS issued a surf advisory for the central Oregon coast through to the southern Washington coast for early Sunday morning through to Monday afternoon. Breakers up to 25 feet are possible.

The coastal flood advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday for the area stretching from Raymond, Washington, down through Pacific City, Oregon.

These conditions call for extra precautions, especially those engaged in taking pictures for the King Tides Project in Washington and Oregon.

“Minor tidal overflow flooding is most likely to impact Highway 101 in Raymond, [Washington], Fraser Road in Tillamook, and the runway at the Pacific City Airport around high tide midday Sunday,” the NWS said. “Unpredictable sneaker waves will also run far up onto the beaches, lifting or rolling large heavy water soaked logs which can lead to serious injury or death.”

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Although no other state or tourism organization is saying so, Oregon Coast Beach Connection strongly recommends you stay off all beaches during this event. Keep to high dunes above the beach or to bluffs with fenced areas. Do not venture to the edges of cliffs as those could be soaked from rain and become unstable.

The king tides event along the coasts of Washington and Oregon runs from Sunday through Tuesday, and the NWS said there are possibly more large swells coming to the beaches later.

“Another large long period swell will be possible following the next front Tuesday evening into Wednesday,” the NWS said.


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For the Washington coast, the King Tides submission site is where you can also download the app to upload your shots.

For Oregon’s coastline, use

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Cape Disappointment Washington, courtesy Long Beach Peninsula Visitors

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