Strong wind warnings, surf hazard warnings for the entire Oregon Coast
Posted 3/12/22 6:05 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection
(Oregon Coast) – There’s a storm brewing on the Oregon Coast – the entire Oregon Coast, it seems. Even though it’s the early days of spring, there’s a final shoal of winter kicking up the coast with a variety of high wind warnings through Sunday and dangerous waves across the region.
Warnings and advisories differ from place to place, all issued by National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Medford and Portland.
On the southern Oregon Coast (from Reedsport south to Brookings), a strong wind warning for gusts up to 65 is in effect through early Saturday evening, while a surf advisory high is in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday, on beaches from Coos Bay to Bandon. , Gold Beach and beyond. Expect breaking waves of 22 to 27 feet. This will allow for spectacular viewing of storm surges in hotspots like Meyers Beach, Bandon or especially Shore Acres on Sunday, but dangerous situations on the beaches themselves.
For the North and Central Oregon Coast (Yachats, Newport, Lincoln City, Pacific City, Manzanita, Cannon Beach and Seaside), there is a beach hazard statement issued by the NWS in effect until Sunday after -midday. There, waves of up to 23 feet are expected on the beaches, creating many dangerous conditions. Also for these areas, a high wind warning is in effect until 5 a.m. Sunday morning, with gusts up to 60 mph, particularly on beaches and headlands.
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“Gusts to 60 mph are expected for Oregon beaches and headlands,” the NWS said. “Peak gusts for the southern Washington coast will be weaker as the center of low pressure ends south of this area.”
Smaller beaches on the Oregon Coast will be a big no-no, like those at Gleneden Beach, parts of Lincoln City where the cliffs rise above, and parts of Bandon, for example. Any beach that is narrow and does not allow you quick access to the dunes and then to the street above will be a threat.
“Stay clear of the surf area and piers,” the NWS said. “The beaches in the area can become dangerous due to dangerous surf conditions. Beach erosion is possible and exposed infrastructure may be damaged. Strong waves will develop on the north coast this evening, spreading to the south coast early Sunday morning.
The NWS said off the northern half of the coast there will be a “chaotic sea state with combined waves in the low 20s”.
There will be a break from this action at sea, but more to come on Monday. That could mean stormier trouble than for Oregon Coast beach towns, but so far there are no firm forecasts or advisories after Sunday.
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