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26-Foot Waves Smack Some Areas; Advisories for Oregon Coast, Washington Coast

Published 11/04/22 at 8:59 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

26-Foot Waves Slamming Some Areas; Advisories for Oregon Coast, Washington Coast

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(Long Beach, Washington) – Lots of heavy winds and even heavier surf will be pounding the Oregon coast and Washington coast over the next few days, with raging seas south of Reedsport that will get as high as 26 feet coming onshore. There's a variety of wind, flood and beach advisories that have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for the two coastlines. (Above: Rockaway Beach, photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Flooding may be possible with rainfall expected as much as 1 to 2 inches a day on the coastlines, and the heaviest winds will be in the Coast Range with wind advisories there.

A high surf advisory is in effect on the south Oregon coast from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon, with the NWS warning of massive wave action that could be up around 20 to 26 feet.

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“Large breaking waves will create hazardous conditions along and within the surf zone, and could inundate beaches and low lying shorelines,” the NWS said. “Beach erosion is possible, and exposed infrastructure may be damaged.”

By Sunday, the south coast is expecting combined seas as high as 22 feet just offshore, but they'll actually get bigger at times as they come ashore, clocking in as high as 26 feet in the surf zones of areas like Gold Beach, Nesika, Bandon and near Charleston.

The NWS urged caution.

Westport, courtesy Westport Visitors

“If you are planning to travel to the beach this weekend, please observe from a safe distance and stay clear/off the jetties,” the NWS said. “Area beaches may become hazardous due to dangerous surf conditions. “

Along the northern half of the Oregon coast and southern Washington coast, waves offshore are expected to get near 20 feet on Friday night but subside a bit on Saturday morning. By later on Saturday, combined seas will climb back up around 20 feet but this time with a long period swell, which could bring some sneaker waves. However, the NWS has not issued any warnings yet for the beaches in this region – but don't be surprised if that happens.

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River bars, like those at the Columbia River or Yaquina Bay, will see more impact from these large swells.

There are high wind advisories for the entire Oregon Coast Range, but winds won't be as heavy on the coastline .

There are flood watches due to all the rain, in effect for western Washington and northwestern Oregon counties, such as Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill, Cowlitz, and Pacific counties, among others.

Although it will be extremely unpleasant outdoors on the Oregon coast and Washington coast, finding an area to watch the waves go bonkers from your car will provide some engaging sights. Look to the parking lots at Westport, Cape Kiwanda, Oceanside, Depoe Bay, the area in back of downtown Yachats, Bandon, and many of the pullouts on the southern Oregon coast around places such as Humbug Mountain or Cape Arago.

If you can stand the meteorological onslaught outside, Cape Disappointment in Washington or Shore Acres near Coos Bay should be spectacular.

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