National Weather Service confirms waterspout off coast of Lincoln City
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - The storm system moving onshore Monday is bringing rounds of wild weather to the region - and it even formed a water spout.
The Oregon and Washington coasts have been buffeted by high winds since late Sunday. Wind gusts of 65 miles per hour have been reported on the Astoria-Megler Bridge, and a 78-mile-per-hour gust was reported by a power crew working on a tower in Naselle. Some hail and sun breaks have also been seen at the coast, and rumbles of thunder have been reported, too.
Sydney Emmet was near the Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City shortly after 10 a.m. and captured photos of what she believed to be a water spout.
KATU meteorologists looked at the photo and confirmed with the National Weather Service office in Portland, that it was indeed a waterspout.
In looking at the initial photo of the spout, it seems as though it's not fully formed, with only a dark gray column descending from the cloud. But looking closely, a disturbance can be seen on the water, and that confirms it was a waterspout. The National Weather Service also found a signature on radar as confirmation.
A High Wind Warning will stay in place for Coastal areas, the North Oregon Coast Range and parts of Southwest Washington through at least 7 p.m.
A Wind Advisory is in place for the I-5 corridor of Southwest Washington and the Willamette Valley through 7 p.m. Wind gusts could be as high as 40 to 50 mph.