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Waves Up to 40 Feet - More Warnings for Oregon / Washington Coast

Published 10/24/21 at 5:36 PM PDT
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Waves Up to 40 Feet - More Warnings for Oregon / Washington Coast

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(Manzanita, Oregon) – More high surf and flood warnings have been issued up and down the entire length of the Pacific Northwest’s beaches, along with some new high wind warnings. (Above: storm surges in Cannon Beach Sunday, courtesy Tolovana Inn web cam)

The National Weather Service (NWS) is now saying 40-foot waves are possible in some areas, upping the earlier predictions of 30 to 35 feet. Various web cams around the Oregon coast and Washington coast are showing some dangerous conditions Sunday.

The NWS also indicated Saturday that tornadoes or waterspouts would be a possibility in these conditions on Sunday, but so far that has not materialized.

Coastal Flood Warnings – South Oregon Coast, North Oregon Coast, Washington Coast. A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Tuesday, for the region from Florence through the southern Washington coast.

For the southern Oregon coast (Reedsport to Brookings), the warning is until 7 a.m. Monday, but a high surf warning there is extended through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

“Large waves and dangerous surf conditions with breakers up to 40 ft are also possible," the NWS said. “A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Exercise extreme caution along beaches. Unpredictable and destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties and other structures with no warning. Beach erosion is possible."

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For the north and central Washington coast, the flood advisory expired at 4 p.m. Sunday.

High Surf Warnings for South Oregon coast, North Oregon Coast and Washington Coast.

For the north and central Washington coast, the high surf warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Monday. Waves of 24 to 28 feet expected in the surf zone.

For the south Washington coast, north and central Oregon coast, the high surf warning remains in effect through 5 a.m. Tuesday – although it is once again embedded in the Coastal Flood Warning for that region. The NWS said 40-foot waves are possible along the surf zone.

For the south Oregon coast, the high surf warning is in effect through 11 p.m. Monday, with waves of 24 to 28 feet expected in the surf zone.

Coastal Flood Warnings Washington and Oregon Coast. From southern Washington through the north and central Oregon coast, coastal flooding is expected. That warning remains in effect through 5 a.m. Tuesday. The NWS said flooding could occur one foot above the ground level just above the beaches.

On the southern Oregon coast, that warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

“Take the necessary actions to protect flood-prone property," the NWS said. “If travel is required, do not drive around barricades or through water of unknown depth. Beaches and coastlines will become hazardous due to very large and life-threatening surf conditions. Stay off of beaches, rocks, jetties, piers, and other waterside infrastructure."


Sunday in Lincoln City: note there is no beach with these surges below the Inn at Spanish Head. Photo courtesy Inn at Spanish Head / KATU web cam

High Wind Warnings. For the north and central Washington coast, the high wind warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday. South winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are possible in that region from Aberdeen through the Olympic Peninsula.

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On the north and central Oregon coast, the warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday. South winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected near beaches and headlands.

There are no high wind warnings for the south Oregon coast.

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