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Surf Advisories for All of Oregon / Washington Coast: 25-foot Waves

Published 12/15/20 at 1:55 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Surf Advisories for All of Oregon / Washington Coast: 25-foot Waves

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(Portland, Oregon) – A variety of surf advisories for the beaches of Washington and Oregon have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), extending the beach danger warnings from Tuesday into Wednesday. Wave height coming onshore will be well into the 20-foot range up and down the entirety of the Pacific Northwest coastline, and parts of the northern Oregon coast and south Washington coast are under flooding advisories. (Photo courtesy Seaside Aquarium / Tiffany Boothe)

“Destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures unexpectedly,” the NWS said. “People can be swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf. Minor beach erosion may damage coastal properties and buildings. Higher than normal water run-up is expected on beaches and low-lying shoreline.”

Timing and wave height are slightly different from region to region.

Washington coast: photo courtesy Kris Hurl

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North Washington Coast. High surf advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday. Waves of 18 to 21 feet are expected, according to the NWS in Seattle. This includes the areas of Raymond northward through the peninsula.

North Oregon coast and southern Washington coast: there is a flood advisory from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and a high surf advisory from noon on Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. This includes Grays Harbor down through Pacific City in Oregon.

Extremely large breakers of 20 feet are expected on Tuesday, then rising to 25 feet that night through to the morning.

“Minor tidal overflow flooding is most prevalent along Fraser Road in Tillamook and the runway at the Pacific City airport during high tide,” the NWS said.

Central Oregon Coast (including Lincoln City through Florence). Surf advisory is in effect from noon Tuesday through 9 a.m. Wednesday. The NWS said the breakers will be up to 20 feet Tuesday, then 20 to 25 feet Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Southern Oregon Coast. The high surf advisory is in effect for 10 a.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The NWS office in Medford said breaking waves of 23 to 27 feet are expected. This is for the beaches of Douglas, Coos and Curry counties.

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