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It's Fall on the Coast


Large Storm Begins Battering Oregon Coast

Aftermath of storm debris next to Cape Perpetua: storms left logs some 100 feet inland at the very corners of this cove (photo taken summer 2006)

(Oregon Coast) – It’s a mixture of excitement and worry on the Oregon coast as residents and tourists prepare for a bigger onslaught from nature on Sunday night. Winds of 70 or 80 mph are expected from the southern Washington coast down to the central Oregon coast, with the potential to down trees, power lines and create landslides.

A wind warning and a high surf warning are already in effect for much of the coastal region, and reports are beginning to come in of downed trees, flying debris, huge waves and excited hotel guests in the various cities.

The National Weather Service says the warnings are in effect until around 4 a.m. As of 7 p.m., the NWS also said high winds have been reported all over the coastal region, including Florence with a gust that clocked in at 63 mph. Newport has seen gusts from 41 mph to 58 mph, and Lincoln City has seen winds from 32 to 56 mph.

The NWS says a low-pressure area has developed off the coast, bringing the heavy winds and storm surges. The weather system has caused officials to warn hunters in large forest areas of southern Washington and Oregon to leave now, lest they get socked in by snow storms. A high wind warning has also been issued for the coast range mountains.

Huge incoming waves at Depoe Bay

In Astoria, Seaside Aquarium manager Keith Chandler said there was little action there when he spoke to BeachConnection.net, about 8 p.m.

D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. Every room is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach, next to the D River. Each room, comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some have gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players with movies available for renting (and movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's a heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation and see a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.

Barbara Dau, owner of Arch Cape House, just south of Cannon Beach, said things were blustery there, but not severe. Still, she had taken in all the outdoor furniture. “I grabbed everything that could possibly move out there,” she said. “The guests are excited. They can’t wait to see what this storm brings.”

Waves at 35th St., Lincoln City

The central coast seemed to bear the biggest brunt early on Sunday evening, however the system may move in later and stronger on the north coast. BeachConnection.net’s Andre’ Hagestedt reports storm surges had really picked up between Newport and Neskowin, but the real winds didn’t hit until later in the evening.

Hagestedt photographed some of the tidal madness in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay.

“When we got to Neskowin, about 5 p.m., it wasn’t really raining,” Hagestedt said. “It kicked in – along with the winds – minutes later, while on the beach. The rain was so cold and so fast that it hurt my face.”

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach

If expansive ocean views, close proximity to golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families, couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Hagestedt said he went to dinner in Newport around 7 p.m. and the winds were howling loudly around town. Garbage cans had been knocked over, debris was all over the forested areas of Highway 101, and the park overlooking Yaquina Bay had toppled trees in and fierce winds.

Storm surges bring waves up to the vegetation line in Lincoln City

“I had to give up trying to take pictures,” he said. “The wind really shoved me around.”

There are various reports of large amounts of tree limbs littering the highway from tourists around the coast, including one checkout clerk at a market in Newport who said one visitor told her driving Cape Foulweather was like “a video game” because of all the debris they had to avoid in their vehicle.

Lincoln City Vacation Homes There’s something for everyone among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies, depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments. Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.

Nearby, at hotel Starfish Point, manager Danielle Emerick said things were getting quite adventurous at her oceanfront property.

“Gusts are around 70 to 80 mph, with sustained winds around 50 to 60 mph,” she said. “We are also getting a lot of rain - sideways rain. We have given our guests Emergency Power outage kits just in case. The lights have flickered on and off for a while now.”

Emerick said tree limbs have struck the buildings, some as large as four feet long, and two small flagpoles were snapped off. She said the fish bowls in the office were shaking because of the wind, and employees had to batten down recycling bins, take in garbage containers and anything that might even have the remote chance of moving.

“One guest that checked in said he could really feel the wind in the open areas of highway and beach on the way here from Lincoln City,” Emerick said.

Hagestedt his car was moved around violently in about two places.

Forecasters say this storm will be one of the most significant windstorms seen in the Northwest in recent history.



THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.



STARFISH POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com


Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes" show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com



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