Dangerously high surf is occurring along Oregon’s beaches and the National Weather Service (NWS) is warning that local beach erosion and deadly rip currents can be expected along the coast. The high surf warning runs through 5pm this afternoon. Swimming, surfing or beach combing with such surf can quickly turn to death.
NWS says the large waves will run up the beaches, rocks AND JETTIES, and will be at their most dangerous around noon today, at the peak of high tide. May we remind everyone of those who have been swept off the Newport Jetties in the past and have drowned. So take the warning “deadly” serious. Even though it may appear that the waves “don’t look that big,” there is always a set of waves that are substantially bigger than “average” that can rise up and inundate large areas. There truly are NO NORMAL SIZE WAVES. Each group of waves is different and should be respected for their size and their power to kill. The Coast Guard and law enforcement strongly urge you to stay off the jetties, off the rocks and away from shore break.