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High Surf Advisories Issued for Oregon / Washington Coast - More Storms Through Weekend

Published 01/05/21 at 4:55 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

High Surf Advisories Issued for Oregon / Washington Coast - More Storms Through Weekend

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(Portland, Oregon) – Another set of high surf advisories are now in effect through all of the Oregon coast and Washington coast until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Waves 20 to 25 feet are smacking the shorelines of the Pacific Northwest, and another one or two similar storm systems are expected to come rambling through into the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in both states issued the alerts, indicating waves will be higher on the southern Oregon coast at close to 27 feet.

“With these very steep, hazardous seas expect large breaking waves of 22 to 27 ft and hazardous bar crossings through at least Wednesday night,” the NWS said of the south coast.

Along the north and central Washington coast, wave height is slightly less at around 22 feet, but no less dangerous.


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“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.”

Washington’s coastline is also under some threat of landslides once more, with several reported around the region in recent days.

The NWS said there is another frontal system on its way, likely to hit Thursday night, bringing the possibility of more steep seas.

See Oregon Coast Weather - Washington Coast Weather 

But that’s not all, folks.

“Seas will briefly lower to 10 to 13 ft Saturday, build will quickly build to 18 to 20 ft again Saturday night into Sunday,” the NWS. “Another strong front is expected Saturday night into Sunday.” See Oregon Coast Sky Cams - Web Cams, Weather Cams

Cities / areas affected: La Push, Forks, Westport, Ocean Park, Long Beach, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Rockaway Beach, Lincoln City, Newport, Yachats, Florence, Reedsport, Coos Bay, Bandon, Gold Beach. More storm photos below:

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