SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — On the last official weekend of summer, the first big rainstorm in months is rolling in from the Pacific Ocean, bringing an atmospheric river to areas that have been parched.
Officials with Seaside Fire and Rescue caution people coming to the coast this weekend to watch out for storm surge and to stay away from driftwood. Waves are big and hitting the beaches with a power many don’t expect.
It’s also very windy along the coast. Wind advisories are in effect beginning at noon Saturday for most of the Oregon coast.
Tourists filled the shops and restaurants in Seaside all day. The blustery winds are not particularly enjoyable but people who spoke with KOIN 6 News are happy to see the rain.
Jailyn and Sierra said the size of the waves “looks a little mean.”
The gusts of wind blew sand along the beach. Margaret and Greg Smith were on the boardwalk.
“That’s why we’re here and not down there, Margaret said. “We’ll go down there when the wind’s not blowing so hard.”
Greg said it felt like “you’re getting sandblasted.”
But the gale force winds between 39-54 mph didn’t cramp their style.
“We’re just going to go walk down and look at the shops,” she said. “We just love it here. It’s wonderful.”
Even though the weather conditions are a little tough, the Smiths were glad to see the rain.
“We need it desperately,” they said. “We grew up in the Pacific Northwest. We love this kind of weather.”