Major Oregon river bar entrances on the Central Coast were closed Thursday and Friday night, as the U.S. Coast Guard warned of dangerous crossings and inclement weather.
For the Yaquina Bay station in Newport, the Coast Guard reported that the captain of the port closed the bar to all vessels “due to deteriorating weather and limited search and rescue capability.” Boats that are currently at sea were advised to stay out until the breaks subside. The Coast Guard says they’ll go out Saturday morning early and check conditions. But it’s still pretty rough out there. Commercial fishing boats and larger are allowed out, but not smaller personal craft and sailboats.
The Coast Guard reported 18 to 22-foot breaks at the Siuslaw River bar, and 22 to 24-foot breaks at the Umpqua River Bar.
Huge waves have been breaking on the Oregon coast all week, and the National Weather Service issued a warning to coastal visitors and residents on Sunday that waves were expected to reach 20 feet.
And a word to the wise. Don’t walk the beaches. Admire the power of the sea as seen from the safety of your parked car.
The National Weather Service says the big waves could continue in to Monday, but then begin to taper off.