News 7 of 18

Incoming new storm, high surf could cause jetty breach

(News Item #0354, Published: 12/19/18, Author: Angelo Bruscas, North Coast News/ Ocean Shores)

Ocean Shores braced for another breach at the North Jetty after the latest National Weather Service warning indicates the next storm system could cause swells as high as 20 feet at one of the most battered points in the past along the North Beach shoreline.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for the north and central coast, which started about 7 a.m. Wednesday, and the upgraded the alert to a coastal flood warning that will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Wave heights are expected to be as much as 25 feet Thursday afternoon, with a forecast the surf will advance 1-3 feet above the high astronomical tide levels.

These unusually large waves will run farther up the beaches. There could occasionally be splashing of waves over levees and other structures. Some beach erosion is possible, especially near the time of high tide late in the morning,” said Hannah Cleverly, deputy director of Emergency Management for Grays Harbor County.

This will affect areas such as Westport, Ocean Shores, Moclips, Taholah, and low lying areas, including Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Cleverly said. Coastal flooding is likely for around 2-3 hours before and after the time of high tide. The National Weather Service states that significant beach erosion is possible.

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