A winter storm promising strong winds and high waves along the coast this afternoon has prompted the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to issue a safety alert for coast visitors.
“The mix of high winds and heavy rains will bring storm watchers and beachcombers to the coast,” said OPRD Safety Specialist Robert Smith. “We want to remind them of a few tips to stay safe.”
He asks beachgoers to respect closures, stay off the sand, and watch the storm from an elevated location well above the action.
“The sandy beach is the last place you want to be during these storms,” Smith said. “When you visit the beach, respect the ocean and be aware of your surroundings.”
Beach access closures are posted at the bottom of Oregon State Parks Advisories page: http://bit.ly/parkadvisories. Beach safety tips, videos and information on the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents are at www.oregonbeachsafety.org.