High surf advisory remains in effect on Oregon coast, causing beach closures

Waves on the Oregon coast on Jan. 18, 2018. Photo by Mike Warner

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – A high surf advisory remains in effect for the central and northern Oregon coast until 3 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

The coast will continue seeing breaking waves run up beaches much higher than normal.

The waves will likely break over jetties much closer to the shore than usual.

The public should also watch out for large driftwood logs. They can be easily carried in by the high surf and could cause injuries.

Forecasters say ocean swells will be above 20 feet for most of the day Friday, but will drop below 20 feet Friday afternoon.

The coastal flood warning has ended.

The high surf advisory is causing officials to keep some beaches closed Friday.

They include:

  • Fort Stevens, near the Peter Iredale
  • Lincoln City D River Wayside
  • Roads End
  • Cape Kiwanda
  • Newport South Jetty
  • Boiler Bay Viewpoint
  • The west parking area at Heceta Head Lighthouse

Thursday, the high surf and powerful waves caused plenty of troubles on the coast.

In Lincoln City, two women were struck by a wave carrying a log. One was hospitalized with a leg injury.

The high waves also severed a gas line at Kyllo’s Seafood & Grill in Lincoln City. Patrons were evacuated and the restaurant remained closed Thursday.

Another woman was watching the waves from her condo in Lincoln City when a massive wave slammed against her patio door, shattered it and pushed her into her counter.

Sadly, the Coast Guard called off a search for a man in Depoe Bay who was swept out to sea while he was trying to get a better look at Spouting Horn. He is presumed to be dead.

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