Coastal flood warning: 30-35 foot swells batter the Washington coast
WESTPORT, Wash. — Huge waves along the Pacific Northwest coast are causing flooding concerns.
After Wednesday night’s crazy rain, wind and thunderstorms, the weather calmed down a bit. The biggest issue Thursday is on the Pacific coast where there is a COASTAL FLOOD WARNING until 10 p.m.
Ocean Shores and Westport are especially vulnerable to coastal saltwater flooding, said Q13 News meteorologist M.J. McDermott.
Large swells of 30-35 feet in combination with high tides that are running 1.5 feet above normal will result in saltwater flooding over low-lying areas. High tide at Ocean Shores was at 1:15 p.m.
Photos and videos from the Washington and Oregon coasts showed big waves Thursday afternoon at LaPush, Westport, Cape Disappointment and beyond.
Laurie Collin Deranleau captured a huge wave crashing ashore in Westport:
National Weather Service meteorologist Evan Bentley set up a GoPro camera along the Southwest Washington coast -- a little too close to shore:
Photographer Jay Cline captured an incredible image of the high surf near LaPush. Cline said just a few minutes after snapping the photo, he was told to evacuate the beach parking lot because rocks and locks were a danger.
U.S. Coast Guard video showed a ton of seafoam at LaPush: