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Surf Dangers Again on Washington, Oregon Coast This Weekend | Waves 26 Feet

Published 01/07/21 at 7:26 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Surf Dangers Again on Washington, Oregon Coast This Weekend | Waves 26 Feet

(Oregon Coast) – Yet another round of big waves and alerts from Oregon and Washington coast officials this weekend, just before the King Tides return on Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a beach hazards statement for the south Washington coast all the way through the central Oregon coast, along with a high surf advisory for the entire southern Oregon coast.

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Meanwhile, the northern two-thirds of the Washington coast have no real surf issues.

For the southern Oregon coast – including Reedsport, Coos Bay, Bandon and Gold Beach – there is a high surf advisory in effect through 10 p.m. on Friday. The NWS said large breaking waves of 22 to 26 feet are expected.

“Use extreme caution along and near the beaches and stay away from the ocean,” the NWS said. “Jetties, rocks, logs and bar entrances are not safe places to be during this period of significant waves. The Pacific Ocean is both cold and powerful. These large waves can easily sweep people and large objects into the water. NEVER turn your back on the ocean.”

That won’t be the last, as the central and north Oregon coast and south Washington coast will get hit by big waves on Friday and Saturday, along with the south coast.

A beach hazards statement was issued by the NWS for the upper areas of the coastline, saying sneaker waves are possible on Friday and Saturday.

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Seas mellow out for awhile on Saturday and then fire up again on Sunday, until they meet with the mammoth king tides of Monday.

“However, active weather over the weekend will cause seas to build back to near 20 ft Sunday,” the NWS said.

The NWS said more heavy wave action is likely through to the mid-week, coinciding with the king tides of both the Washington and Oregon coastlines. This could create even more dangerous conditions.

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Cities / areas affected: 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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