Newport: Lightning Strikes a home and possibly a commercial building on the Bayfront

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Jan 182018

Newport Firefighters are enroute to a couple of lightning strikes on the Bayfront. One is at 882 SE Crescent Place. Possibly two structures hit. Knocked out the power to one home whose interior now smells like smoke. Another business down on Bay Blvd reportedly has smoke in an elevator shaft. Possible lightning strike.

Elevator checks out okay.

Newport Fire and the PUD are checking neighborhoods. A number of houses lost power. Still dark. One business down on the Bayfront may have had a lot of office equipment fried by the lightning strike.

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Samaritan Hospice hosts quarterly video class on end-of-life care, care for the caregiver

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Jan 182018

Samaritan Hospice hosts quarterly video class on end-of-life care, care for the caregiver

Caring for someone who is nearing the end of life is not the same as caring for someone who will get better. To help clinical staff, family caregivers and others to understand the process, Samaritan Hospice Services is hosting an informative session four times this year beginning in February.

At each session, participants will watch two videos that were created by Barbara Karnes, RN, a nationally known hospice care author and educator. One is “New Rules for End of Life Care” and the other is “Care for the Caregiver.” The videos will be followed by a question and answer forum led by Samaritan’s hospice professionals. Each session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, May 3, Aug. 2 and Nov. 1 at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City; and on Feb. 21, May 2, Aug. 1 and Nov. 7 at the Center for Health Education in Newport.

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The DVDs are filled with ideas and guidance for the nurse, social worker, nurse’s aide, chaplain, physician, end of life Doula, who compassionately guides those with the terminally ill through the final moments of life with emotional and spiritual support, especially for care-givers. Anyone who is immersed in the responsibilities of supporting, educating and guiding a person and their family through the dying experience can find insight into making their work more meaningful.

As a former hospice nurse, Karnes was at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process. She was driven to explore the dynamics of dying when she noticed that each death followed a near identical script, that each person went through the stages of death in almost the same manner and that most families had the same questions. These realizations led Karnes to write books, speak and teach on the topic of end-of-life care. She brought her message to Lincoln County last year and through the video class sessions will be able to shepherd the soon-to-be-departed and their family through a compassionate process of letting go with spiritual strength and love.

Coffee and water will be offered. Resource materials will be available for purchase at $2, cash only.

For information or to register: 541-996-7328 or 541-574-1811.

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Surf warning upgraded – 50-60 foot waves possible

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Jan 182018

The Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect until midnight tonight, has been updated. Even higher surf is possible than originally predicted. Ocean water will rush much farther up beaches and jetties than normal. Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will be inundated by waves and damaged by debris. Many beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water. Several state parks have been closed as of this afternoon. Large logs can be pushed farther up beaches, resulting in damage to structures and posing a significant risk to beach-goers. Beach erosion is possible.

Offshore buoys reported significant ocean swell heights up to 36 feet this morning with a dominant wave period of 17 seconds. Significant wave heights early this afternoon were still near 30 feet. The swell will slowly subside late this afternoon through tonight, but remain above 25 feet through late evening. The swell will produce 35 to 45 foot breaking waves along the beaches through this evening. Highest potential wave heights through this evening could reach 50 to 60 feet.

The extremely large surf combined with a higher than normal tide this afternoon will likely result in flooding of low-lying areas along the coast. Locations particularly vulnerable are the Willapa Bay and vicinity, Seaside, Nehalem, Tillamook and Florence. Early this afternoon tidal flooding was noted in Nehalem.

A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Visitors should remain off beaches and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water. Exercise extreme caution along and near beaches.

Wave batters LC restaurant: Natural gas line rupture at Kyllo’s restaurant, Lincoln City

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Jan 182018

Kyllo’s Restaurant damaged by heavy surf in Lincoln City. Also to a nearby motel.
NLFR photo

NW corner of Kyllo’s. Severe beach erosion.

View of Kyllo’s from nearby motel. Annie Butterfield photo from Facebook.

Natural gas leak at Kyllo’s restaurant at D-Wayside. Arriving firefighters turning off the gas at the main.

Minor to moderate building damage to condos and apartments in other low lying areas.

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Rock-walker in Depoe Bay swept off the rocks by a big wave….

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Jan 182018

Coast Guard looking for any sign of the victim
Michelle Reeves photos

Curtis McNeely Video

Coast Guard Helo trying to spot missing man in the bay…
A latino male in a blue windbreaker was walking along the rocks off Clarke Street in Depoe Bay when a big wave washed him in to the water. Nobody can see him. The Coast Guard cannot launch a motorlifeboat craft because the waves are too huge.

A Coast Guard helicopter is being summoned to the scene.

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Going on two hours since the victim was washed off the rocks….
Kimi Abbate photo

Coast Guard Chopper continues to make grid pattern search up and down the bay….
Cecille Kennedy photo

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Interesting driving tips for navigating wintertime driving…

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Jan 182018

Sheriff Curtis Landers

Last week’s Tip of the Week focused on being prepared for getting out on the road in winter weather. This week week’s tips from ODOT’s Oregon Winter Driving Guide are about how to drive safely in icy and snowy weather conditions.

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* DON’T use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather.
* Position your hands on the steering wheel at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, or lower.
* If you lose traction, gradually slow down. DON’T slam on the brakes!
* The key to keeping your vehicle under maximum control on slippery surfaces is smoothly steering, braking and accelerating. Steer just enough to follow the path you intend to go.
* Be prepared to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking “15 seconds” ahead about your options. These include controlling your speed, changing lanes or communicating with others on the road.
* Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways because ice forms first on these surfaces.
* Avoid driving through snowdrifts. They can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
* Slow down in advance of shaded areas (especially curves) where ice and snow are the last to melt.
* Finally, chain up early! Weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly at this time of year.

There is also a handy checklist in ODOT’s Driving Guide to help you be prepared for winter driving before heading out on the road.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office — Oregon.

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One strong sneaker wave is all it would take….

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Jan 182018

Julie Sacchetti was out this morning with her camera at South Beach and spotted this man playing tag with waves coming in, causing the sea level to rise up against a low cliff. It’s a perfect trap that the ocean can create to knock someone off their feet and be dragged seaward in a rip tide. And a bright yellow jacket won’t save you. Notice he’s alone.

Man enjoying the swirling waters around her…

He retreats up against a low cliff…

Forces him back closer to the cliff…

Now he has to retreat horizontal to the shore which is where sneaker waves can do their worst…

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