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Forecasters warn of 'very large and life-threatening surf conditions' on Oregon Coast
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COOS BAY, Ore. - A High Surf Warning is in effect through Wednesday morning for the South Coast as the highest tides of the winter hit the Oregon Coast.

"Dangerously large breaking waves of 27 to 33 feet are expected," the National Weather Service in Medford said. "Beaches and coastlines will become hazardous due to very large and life-threatening surf conditions. Stay off of beaches, rocks, jetties,piers, and other waterside infrastructure."

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A video Monday showed just how big the waves are getting on the Oregon Coast.

"This is watching King Tides at Shore Acres in Coos Bay," Donna Penny said. "Mind you, these folks are standing on a cliff 60 feet above the water."

Unusually high tides peaking late Tuesday morning into early Tuesday afternoon will greatly increase the possibility of flooding in low lying areas along the coast as seas peak. Take precautions now to protect property and stay off of beaches, rocks, jetties, and other structures during this high surf event, especially around the time of high tides," forecasters said. "Extremely large breaking waves will create very hazardous conditions along beaches and area shorelines. Waves will inundate beaches and surge into normally dry areas. Infrastructure damage and significant beach erosion can be expected."

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