After receiving a cry over the radio for help – “Help me!” – and then silence late Thursday morning, the Coast Guard launched a search in an area they believe the signal came from – 11 miles off Newport.
Coast Guard North Bend has broadcasted multiple times a notice to mariners to keep their ears and eyes peeled for a mariner possibly in distress.
A Coast Guard helicopter searched the area yesterday afternoon and talked with many mariners in the area but came up with no leads on who or where the distressed mariner might be. Late Thursday evening the Coast Guard cancelled their search.
The Coast Guard gets several of these kinds of calls every year – calls that are probably hoaxes. But the Coast Guard is duty-bound to check them out, which wastes their time and could unwittingly divert or delay responses for others who might be in REAL danger.
Friday, October 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Nice yesterday, mixed sky, highs in the 60s, moderate breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/56F
Depoe Bay: 68F/52F
A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service for hazardous beach conditions is in effect this weekend. Hurricane Oho has transitioned to an extra-tropical system with the associated surface low pressure center continuing to approach the coast of British Columbia. A large southwest swell generated by the storm is beginning to arrive in coastal waters this morning. This swell will be the source of primary concern for the Central Coast this weekend. Wave heights will build to around 15 feet this afternoon with the potential for waves to break over jetties and impact south to southwest facing beaches and headlands with significant surf. A swell of this direction and magnitude is somewhat uncommon, and these waves may also result in beach erosion in areas that do not normally see impact from incoming waves. Visitors to the coast should exercise caution if venturing out to area beaches this weekend. Individuals should remain out of the surf zone and off jetties and offshore rocks as breaking waves have the potential to sweep people into the water. Waves can roll driftwood logs and move other debris that can cause injury. Mariners will also face additional hazards this weekend (see Marine Forecast below).
Forecast: And, as if the big surf isn’t quite enough, let’s pour on some potentially strong winds and a bucket of rain to boot. Becoming mostly cloudy today with rain likely by noon, high around 65F and southwest winds rising to 25-30 mph gusting 45. Rainy and windy tonight, low 55F. Tomorrow, heavier rain with up to a half inch filling the gauges and stronger winds 35-40 mph gusting near 50. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and dry on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, and then mainly clear Tuesday through Thursday. Average temperatures are expected all week.
Travel: A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10:00am this morning from the crest of the Coast Range eastward to the western foothills of the Cascades. In the Coast Range, dense fog early, then rainy and windy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting dense fog this morning, a chance of rain later and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy, light west winds, temps 70-75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 55F; partly sunny and a chance of rain today, the snow level above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are light near shore this morning, but blowing S 20-25 knots out at Stonewall Bank with choppy seas 6-7 feet at 7 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. Southerlies rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 today and combined seas building to 14 feet. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, and square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. A bigger breeze is predicted for tomorrow as southerlies hit 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined rough seas 15 feet. See the Special Marine Weather Statement here. Outlook is for S winds down to 5-10 knots on Sunday, swells subsiding to 10 feet, another front on Monday with sou’westers 15-20 knots and lumpy 10 foot seas, and then northerlies on Tuesday at 5-10 knots, swells 9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Increasing clouds, rain, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by large surf all weekend, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
10/09 Fri 11:09 AM 7.40 H
10/09 Fri 05:10 PM 1.74 L
10/09 Fri 11:13 PM 7.14 H
10/10 Sat 05:20 AM 1.13 L
In Short: Rain developing, windy, stormy, then clearing and drying.
From Fire Chief Rob Murphy:
The City of Newport will be participating in the Great Oregon Shakeout emergency drill on Thursday, October 15th, at 10:15 A.M.
During the drill, certain city services will briefly be unavailable as staff and the visiting public will be evacuating city buildings.
The purpose of this drill is to give city staff and the public an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures. Even though the Great Oregon Shakeout focuses on earthquakes, evacuation of a building may need to occur for a variety of reasons. Evacuations due to fire, hazardous materials spill, or a police matter, are just a few examples. The goal of city staff is to be able to handle any type of emergency in an effective and efficient manner and drills help accomplish this goal.
All city buildings that typically have citizens in them will have notices posted on the public entry doors and in other areas that the public may frequent, such as reception counters and control desks. The notices will be posted at the opening of business on October 15th.
At 10:00 A.M., the staff and public will be notified that a drill will occur in 15 minutes. At 10:15 A.M., staff and public in a number of city facilities, will be directed to the nearest exit and to an assembly area. Once everyone has been accounted for, business will resume, and the drill will be concluded.
The city is asking for the public’s cooperation in making this drill a success. If you are in a city building at 10:15 A.M. on October 15, you will be required to evacuate the building as requested by city staff. Various city facilities will also have displays of emergency “Go-Kits.” This is a great opportunity to see what should be included in a “Go-Kit,” so that you can make sure that your kit is adequately supplied and ready to go in the event of a disaster.
Questions may be directed to Rob Murphy, Fire Chief, at 541.265.9461 or by email: R.Murphy@NewportOregon.Gov
After careful study and consultation with state regulatory agencies, Georgia Pacific has determined that declining water levels at Olalla Lake have created a substantial public safety hazard at the reservoir. In particular, the earthen slopes leading to the water have become too steep for visitors to safely walk on.
Effective sundown today, Oct. 8, Georgia Pacific is suspending public access to the reservoir until the water rises to a safe level for visitors. The access gate will be locked 24 hours a day, a no trespassing sign will be posted and only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter the reservoir area.
GP will notify the public when access is restored. But it’ll take a lot of water – maybe even a rain-heavy winter – to make that happen. And the long range weather forecast doesn’t look good due to the presence of a very strong El Nino offshore.
The reservoir provides water to GP’s Toledo mill for the production of containerboard (the mill buys its drinking water from the city of Toledo). The company built the reservoir at the same time the mill was constructed (1956-57). For many years, GP also has allowed the public to use its reservoir during daylight hours for recreational purposes, such as fishing, swimming, boating and hiking. Each fall, GP closes the gravel boat launch at the reservoir as a safety precaution due to seasonally low water.
The Olalla Lake reservoir is fed by a combination of rainfall, stream flows, and surface water pumped from the Siletz River. There’s been little rainfall, stream flows have all but dried up and the level of the Siletz River is so low that the state prohibits any river water being pumped to Olalla Lake.
So, what is GP doing to conserve water at the mill? GP says they strive every day to use water responsibly, but when levels are low, they look for additional opportunities to reduce water use. Various conservation measures, implemented earlier this year in their production processes, save about 20 percent of daily water use.
At what water level are mill operations affected? GP says they continue to study the potential effects of low water levels in the reservoir on mill operations. As with any large manufacturing facility, we have contingency plans for various situations, including water scarcity. For now, they say they continue to operate normally and they’ll let the public know if anything changes.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, among other Democrats, today told a Washington news conference that the time has come for Americans to demand action to make it harder for those who have no business having access to guns to actually buy them.
Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.
HURRICANE OHO CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTHEASTERLY OVER THE PACIFIC AND WILL REMAIN WELL OFFSHORE AS IT TRANSITIONS INTO A STRONG LOW PRESSURE AREA.
A LARGE SOUTHWEST SWELL GENERATED BY THE STORM IS EXPECT TO ARRIVE IN THE COASTAL WATERS BY LATE THURSDAY NIGHT OR EARLY FRIDAY. WITH SURF SWELLS REACHING 14 FEET ON FRIDAY…THE THREAT OF BREAKING WAVES OVER JETTIES AND SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES WILL BE HAMMERED HARD…ALONG WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF GENERATING SIGNIFICANT SURF.
A SWELL OF THIS DIRECTION AND MAGNITUDE IS SOMEWHAT UNCOMMON…AND THESE WAVES MAY ALSO RESULT IN BEACH EROSION IN AREAS THAT DO NOT COMMONLY SEE EROSION FROM INCOMING WAVES.
VISITORS TO THE COAST THIS WEEKEND SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL IF VENTURING OUT TO OREGON BEACHES. VISITORS SHOULD REMAIN OUT OF THE SURF ZONE AND OFF JETTIES AS BREAKING WAVES CAN SWEEP PEOPLE INTO THE WATER. WAVES CAN ALSO ROLL DRIFTWOOD LOGS AND MOVE OTHER DEBRIS THAT CAN CAUSE TERRIBLE INJURIES – EVEN KILL.
REMEMBER TO NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN!
MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE ABUNDANT CAUTION WHEN VENTURING OUT ALONG THE OREGON COAST. THURSDAY NIGHT THERE IS A GALE WATCH POSTED. FRIDAY WINDS OFF THE COAST WILL RANGE FROM 20 TO 35 MPH, RAIN, AND SEAS TO 13 FEET. ON SATURDAY, WINDS WILL FALL SLIGHTLY 20 TO 30 MPH WITH SEAS LOWERING TO TEN FEET.
SUNDAY THE STORM WILL HAVE PASSED WELL TO OUR NORTHWEST, HITTING NORTH AMERICA AT THE NORTH END OF CANADA’S VANCOUVER ISLAND.
On Sept. 18, DEQ issued a civil penalty of $11,200 to Seaview Homes LLC of Newport for allegedly conducting a demolition and renovation in June 2015 without first having an accredited inspector survey two facilities for asbestos. The DEQ says the violations occurred at 520 NW Alpine St. and 426 Coast St. in Newport. DEQ officials said they issued the penalty because the violation could have released asbestos fibers into the air and exposed workers and the public to asbestos. Asbestos fibers are a respiratory hazard proven to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
DEQ says asbestos is a danger to public health and a hazardous air contaminant for which there is no known safe level of exposure.
The company has until October 23 to appeal the penalties.