Sep 292013
 

Tracy Chadwick was out on the south Newport Jetty this afternoon and showed what can happen to seagulls when they go shopping a little too late for food. The food’s coming at them at 5o mph. And as you can see it’s really quite a challenge for them.

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 Posted by at 2:05 PM
Sep 292013
 
Near Depoe Bay Here it comes!!

Near Depoe Bay
Here it comes!!
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The National Weather Service says we’re in for winds that we’re not generally used to along the Central Coast. Thunderstorms are now coming ashore and will produce extremely heavy rainfall. Winds to 50 miles an hour will be common even away from the beaches. Gusts to 80 mph are expected, especially along the beaches. Rainfall of up to three quarters of an inch are expected between 2pm and 6pm.

Then, more thunderstorms tonight and heavier rainfall with up to 2″ before midnight. That’s a lot of water. Fierce winds will continue through midnight, reaching speeds of 80 mph.

By Monday morning, winds will die down to a paultry 30 mph with gusts to 45. However, more mild mannered clouds will deposit up to a half to three quarters of an inch of new rain. By Monday night, an additional half inch could be in the record books.

Tuesday…light rain, winds down to 8 mph. The rest of the week is expected to be well behaved with sunshine returning in some measure by Thursday.

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 Posted by at 1:08 PM
Sep 292013
 

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 Posted by at 12:51 PM
Sep 292013
 

12:04pm
Man slumped over the wheel of a pickup blocking the roadway at 15th and 101. Fire rescue is enroute.

12:05pm
Fire-rescue on scene.

12:06pm
Newport Police is summoned to the scene.

12:07pm
Fire rescue says driver needs no medical attention.

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 Posted by at 12:04 PM
Sep 292013
 
Depoe Bay this morning...awaiting the next pulse of high winds and sea spray! Eva Harmon photo Click photo to enlarge

Depoe Bay this morning…awaiting the next pulse of high winds and sea spray!
Eva Harmon photo
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It’s rather eerie outside as the winds are a bit more subdued from earlier this morning. Eva Harmon snapped this shot at Depoe Bay, showing that wind or no wind, these waves have been whipped up and are being blown about in a chaotic mess…merging violently in the bay.

Winds are supposed to begin cranking back up in the one o’clock hour and really take off from about 2pm through midnight. So we’re in for a 10 hour non-stop blow and rumble. Rain could be torrential at times. So watch for flash flooding.

Public works crews all over the county have been busy the last 24 hours clearing storm drains. The amount of rainfall could be enough to re-clog some of them. Keep in mind that the crews can only clear so many at a time. They may not be able to keep up. Sometimes a drain can momentarily clog, backing up water that creates a rapidly rising lake behind it – even threatening to rise and lap inside a house or garage. If it’s safe, grab a rake or shovel and clear the drain. The carpet and household items you save could be your own.

As always, let 9-1-1 know.

Brown Pelican, weathering the storm at Seal Rock. Brian Lundgren photo

Brown Pelican, weathering the storm at Seal Rock.
Brian Lundgren photo
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Brian Lundgren was out at Seal Rock State Park this morning. This Brown Pelican found a spot out of the wind, using a big rock wall as a wind break. Isn’t it amazing how Mother Nature exquisitely camouflages her children!

Jonathan Livingston Seagull's pals waiting for better weather to take off for home.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull’s pals waiting for better weather to take off for home.
Ken Gagne photo

And wouldn’t ya know it, that Jonathon Livingston’s Seagull’s buddies would fly in on a Friday night for a “Summer’s End” soiree only to find out that they landed in the middle of an unseasonably strong set of storm tracks…armed with moisture from a recently died western Pacific typhoon! Yep, that wet stuff travels a lot faster than tsunami debris! So there they sit at the end of 2nd Street at the Yachats International Airport, waiting for clearance to take off for sunny points south!

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 Posted by at 11:50 AM
Sep 292013
 
Stronger storm than yesterday.  Winds along the beaches in the 50 to 60 mph range.

Stronger storm than yesterday. Winds along the beaches gusting between 45 to 60 mph.

NOAA weather forecasters say the Oregon and Washington coasts will be hammered with high winds and torrential from around 2pm through midnight – then taper off to just breezy conditions monday with on and off rain.

NOAA makes it clear that this is not the day to go to the beach and gawk at Mother Nature’s fury. Do it from the safey of the bluffs above or at your favorite cliffside restaurant. Today will be as dangerous a day as you’ll ever see on the Oregon Coast. Probably some of the best ringside seats will be at the Adobe in Yachats. Lots of huge swells, breakers over rocks, huge upward fountains of white water – the works. Restaurants perched right above the waters of Depoe Bay will also provide spectacular views of the power of the wind and sea.

Again, don’t risk being blown off a rock or a hill or a cliff. Respect Mother Nature’s fury. She’s the boss right now.

Just moments ago, photographer Ken Gagne in Yachats sent us a view of what’s going on right off the end of 2nd Street…

Breakers near Table Rock in Yachats, off West 2nd. Ken Gagne photo

Breakers near Table Rock in Yachats, off West 2nd.
Ken Gagne photo

And another one of our favorite photographers, Steve Power, got this rooster tail off Boiler Bay, north of Depoe Bay…

Boiler Bay One of photographer Steve Power's favorite shooting galleries.

Boiler Bay
One of photographer Steve Power’s favorite shooting galleries.

Bob Edwards sent us this shot of a boiling, churning sea off Agate Beach, just south of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Bob Edwards sent us this shot of a boiling, churning sea off Agate Beach, just south of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
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 Posted by at 9:45 AM
Sep 292013
 
Surf along the beaches of North Lincoln County.  Wave heads blown sideways by the southerly blow.  Sands blowing south to north at 40mph.

Surf along the beaches of North Lincoln County. Wave heads blown sideways by the southerly blow. Sands blowing south to north at 40mph.
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A News Lincoln County reader observed that despite the high winds and the blowing sand, there were actually a few swimmers in the surf on Saturday. She marveled that none of them got into trouble, at least on this north county beach.

Boiler Bay One of photographer Steve Power's favorite shooting gallery.

Boiler Bay
One of photographer Steve Power’s favorite shooting galleries.

A little farther south near Depoe Bay, the surf was surging and spraying huge fountain heads of rooster tails skyward – as most surf does around this part of the coast. Photographer Steve Power, like the rest of us shooting on Saturday, had to aim our cameras north to prevent our lenses from getting soaked. As usual, Steve perfectly captured the sea’s mood, if not state of mind, in this poignant shot at Boiler Bay.

As for Sunday, we’re expecting heavy rain mainly in the morning, then after lunch the winds will re-build into another big blow – mostly between 2pm and 5pm. After five, the winds are expected to taper a bit and by Sunday evening take us back into something more predictably autumnal. Not exactly, but closer to it.

And of course, if you’re out and around and would like to share what you’re seeing with the rest of our viewers, snap them and email them to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

We’re happy to give photo credits so you get your due. But if you want to remain anonymous that’s fine as well.

Be careful out there. We live in some pretty unforgiving landscapes.

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 Posted by at 1:11 AM
Sep 282013
 

7:38pm

A tree has fallen on power lines on Logsden Road at milepost 10.5. Siletz Fire is enroute. Consumers Power out of Philomath also likely. Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers.

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 Posted by at 7:43 PM
Sep 282013
 

7:04pm
Report of some people aboard an aluminum boat in distress inside the Waldport Jaws, off Waziyata. Water rescue crew is being assembled.

7:23pm
Sounds like it might have been unfounded. Checking.

7:26pm
Central Coast Fire says the boat is under way. Does not seem to be in distress…but at just 12′ in length it really shouldn’t be out there with the seas frothing and tossing. Central Coast is monitoring the situation but there is no active rescue operation. The Coast Guard is standing down as well.

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 Posted by at 7:06 PM
Sep 282013
 

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A reader sent this reminder that leaf and evergreen debris on the highway makes the pavement very slippery – just like ice. So give yourself lots of time to stop and SLOW DOWN ON THE CURVES or else….

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Trees falling throughout the area.  Drive slowly because you never know what's around the next curve.

Trees falling throughout the area. Drive slowly because you never know what’s around the next curve.

Flooding on Bayfront.  Clogged drain at Fogarty on the east end by Port Dock 7.

Flooding on Bayfront. Clogged drain at Fogarty on the east end by Port Dock 7.
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1pm – Readers tell us the power was knocked out in Yachats shortly before 1pm. We’re checking on it.

1:10pm – Waldport reader says power out in Waldport clear up river to Little Switzerland.

1:15pm – Power now out in the Seal Rock area. Reader says it means the whole south county area is juice-less.

1:25pm – Coast Guard has restricted bar access to larger vessels only. Small stuff not authorized. Winds 45-55mph. 8′ swells near the outer buoy.

1:35pm – CLPUD says a major transmission line has been knocked out mid-county. Seal Rock south is without power. They say because it’s a transmission line and not just a regular feeder line, it will take “some time” to repair. However, they say conditions are very difficult. They say if it gets too dangerous, they may have to pull their crews out of the woods. But so far, they’re on it

1:55pm – Despite high winds, CLPUD crews are still out there still trying to get south county back on.

2:10pm
Seal Rock Water Manager Adam Denlinger says the Seal Rock water system is operating just fine on their back up generator system. Everything is operating normally.

3:40pm
Power restored to Waldport, Seal Rock and Yachats.

3:45pm
Power outage to south county due to a giant Sitka Spruce into a transmission line. They’re fixing it. In the meantime it sounds like they re-routed power through Consumer Power to the east and then back west to the coast.

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Kirsten Bolles showed us how dreary it looked out her window as the storm came ashore. And it was raining pretty hard: Click on the word “video” below.

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Jim Bready in Waldport caught this picture of the Alsea Bay Bridge with the workers’ protective shroud in tatters. Winds up there must’ve been close to 60 mph…maybe gusting higher. A bit of a clean-up before work resumes, we suspect! And we’ve still got another storm coming in tomorrow that looks worse than the one today!

Alsea Bay Bridge Saturday Click photo to enlarge

Alsea Bay Bridge Saturday
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Jim Bready photo

The workers on the Alsea Bay Bridge ought to get out there and retrieve their sign before it’s mistaken for a crab pot on the bottom of the bay. Believe ODOT got word of this earlier in the day but a recent picture taken by a Waldport reader shows that it was still perched precariously on the railing.

Suicidal ODOT sign on Alsea Bay Bridge theatening to jump.  They've been contacted.

Suicidal ODOT sign on Alsea Bay Bridge theatening to jump. They’ve been contacted.

Jill Zatwarnicki was headed home from the valley today, and she and her troops were stopped cold on Highway 20 west of Eddyville by a fallen tree. With no cell phone reception to call the cops or ODOT, the able bodied men in all the cars that were stopped, jumped out and took matters into their own hands. Within a few minutes they had the road clear and open again to free flowing traffic both ways! Gotta love Oregon.

If a tree falls on the road, and ODOT isn't there to clear it, is there a need?

If a tree falls onto Highway 20 west of Eddyville, and ODOT isn’t there to clear it, is there a need?

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Everybody jumped out and cleared it. Took about 3 minutes. THIS IS OREGON!!

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