Storm Warning – Oregon Coast

Batten down the hatches and hold onto your hats!

high wind and wave warnings
High wind/wave warnings

The first storm of 2014 is on us and seas are expected to reach near 30 feet.  That means 30 feet from the trough to the crest.  I wouldn’t want to be on the ocean in a boat smaller than an oceanliner…but that’s just me.

But this is what we storm-watchers have been waiting for.  Gusts up to 70mph!  Here’s the storm warning.

Tillicum Beach campers (between Waldport and Yachats) should be rockin’ and rollin’ tonight!  You might want to roll up your awning.  (just tryin’ to be funny)

Saturday morning’s high tide will be 8.1.  That, added with the high seas, will probably mean the waves will crash up into the stairwells.  Wait for low tide to walk the beach 🙂

Serious tips for those who aren’t familiar with the Oregon Coast:

Don’t stand on rocks near the waves.  Sneaker waves are much larger than normal waves and come unexpectedly.  Rocks are slippery, making it very hard to escape the wave by the time you realize it’s larger.  It only takes a few inches of water with the force of the wave to knock you off your balance.

Keep a safe distance from the ocean.

Never turn your back on the ocean.

A wide, sandy, beach is the best place for a beach walk.  Tillicum Beach Campground sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean.  Oceanfront sites are great for storm watching.  Some electric sites also have ocean views depending on your rig.

Read more about Tillicum Beach Campground.

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