A large westerly swell between 18 feet and 22 feet high will push onto the Oregon and Washington coast Sunday. This will allow waves to run considerably higher up beaches than normal and may cause minor beach erosion in places. The threat of sneaker waves will be high and people should use extreme caution if venturing out onto area beaches, jetties and capes on Sunday.
North Oregon Coast
High Wind Watch
Source: U.S. National Weather Service
* WHAT…South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible.
* WHERE…In Washington, South Washington Coast. In Oregon, North Oregon Coast.
* WHEN…From Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon.
* IMPACTS…Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.
High Surf Advisory
* WHAT…Large waves and hazardous surf conditions.
* WHERE…In Washington, South Washington Coast. In Oregon, North Oregon Coast, Central Oregon Coast.
* WHEN…Until 7 PM PST this evening.
* IMPACTS…Destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures unexpectedly. People can be swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf. Minor beach erosion may damage coastal properties and buildings. Higher than normal water run-up is expected on beaches and low- lying shoreline.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…There is an enhanced threat of sneaker waves today. Some waves may run up the beach much farther than the average breaking waves.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches, producing rip currents, sneaker waves and beach erosion. Stay well back from the water’s edge and be alert for exceptionally high waves. Keep away from large logs on the beach. Water running up on the beach can easily lift or roll logs which can injure or kill someone caught in their path.