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32-Ft Waves Possible | Surf Warnings for Much of Oregon, Washington Coast

Published 01/10/21 at 5:46 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

32-Ft Waves Possible | Surf Warnings for Much of Oregon, Washington Coast

(Portland, Oregon) – The wild show this winter just does not stop, with more surf alerts for the Oregon and Washington coastline. Conditions warrant getting escalated to high surf warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) for much of the northwest, although slightly less severe conditions are in store for the upper Washington coast. Waves as high as 32 feet are expected Sunday, and all this action blends a bit with the king tides coming this week.

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High surf warnings are now in effect for the entire Oregon coast, with the upper half – as well as Washington’s southern third – getting waves as high as 32 feet. The south Oregon coast will see waves as high as 27 feet.

The surf warning for the northern Oregon coast and southern Washington coast is in effect until 6 p.m. today (Sunday). The surf warning for the southern Oregon coast is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

“The highest water run-up will occur during Sunday`s high tide, which will occur between 8 a.m. and noon for much of the coast,” the NWS said. “Localized coastal flooding is possible during this period.”

Among other things, these warnings mean to look out for the greatly increased chance of sneaker waves.

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

For Washington’s north and central coast, the warnings are not quite as severe. That area is under a high surf advisory in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. Large breaking waves up to 22 feet are expected along the state’s upper coastline.

As Monday and Tuesday arrive on both coastlines, along with the king tides, heavy seas out there will be joining the already-large surf. The NWS said seas will remain in the 20-foot range but lowering to just over 10 feet on Wednesday. More storm photos below:

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