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Debris, silt follows high tides

Nature’s strength demonstrated in storm
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on January 22, 2018 9:45AM

Extreme high tides Thursday left debris and sand as far as the Ecola beach access ramp.

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Extreme high tides Thursday left debris and sand as far as the Ecola beach access ramp.

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Extreme high tides Thursday left debris, foam and sand as far as the Tolovana State Park beach access ramp.

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Extreme high tides Thursday left debris, foam and sand as far as the Tolovana State Park beach access ramp.

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A visitor looks out for extreme high tides Thursday in Tolovana State Park.

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A visitor looks out for extreme high tides Thursday in Tolovana State Park.

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Extreme high tides Thursday rock the Cannon Beach coastline.

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Extreme high tides Thursday rock the Cannon Beach coastline.

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Visitor watches dramatic waves at Tolovana State Park.

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Visitor watches dramatic waves at Tolovana State Park.

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Onlookers watch as extreme high tides Thursday crash into the rocks at Tolovana State Park.

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Onlookers watch as extreme high tides Thursday crash into the rocks at Tolovana State Park.

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Extreme high tides Thursday came as far as filling the Tolovana State Park ramp with water and debris.

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Extreme high tides Thursday came as far as filling the Tolovana State Park ramp with water and debris.

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On Thursday, Jan. 18, Cannon Beach, like the rest of the Oregon Coast, bared witness to extreme high tides that produced impressively large waves and even more impressive photo opportunities. Locals and visitors alike gathered at Tolovana State Park to watch as waves came as high as the parking lot, with debris and foam rushing to fill the beach access ramp. Thunder and lightning cracked behind Haystack Rock as weather alternated between torrential downpour and a light breeze. The Ecola beach access ramp had debris and silt as far up as the Wayfarer hotel parking lot. Waves crested over the top of the Tillamook Head Lighthouse.

According to the National Weather Service, offshore buoys recorded ocean swell heights of up to 36 feet Thursday morning. Wave heights were still cresting at 30 feet by the afternoon and continued to be high through Friday. The high tides made the beach unwalkable, and carried in 10-15 foot logs onto the shore as if they were twigs. No injuries or rescues were reported in Clatsop County. A man was swept out to sea during Thursday’s storm swells at Depoe Bay, and a group of women were rescued from the raucous waves by Cape Kiwanda.

The railing of stairs leading down to Haystack Rock off the “S curves” will need to be repaired after logs brought in by large waves crashed into the stairwell, said Public Works Director Jim Arndt. Other than, the city will work on clearing debris throughout town.













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