Waves could reach 30 feet high on coast

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Waves crash onto the Oregon Coast at Seal Rock in this undated viewer image. (Report It/Tyler Johnson)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KOIN) — Record rainfall hit the Oregon Coast Sunday, causing downed trees and debris to fill the road.

On Sunday the National Weather Service also issued a flood advisory and a high-wind warning — with wind gusts from 65 mph to 80 mph. Waves along the Oregon Coast are expected to reach nearly 30 feet.

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This Oregon Coast beach nearly empties Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, as the National Weather Service issues flood and high-wind advisories for the area. (KOIN 6 News/Chris Holmstrom)

The high-wind warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday for the northern and central Oregon Coast.

A few miles north of Tillamook, spectators headed out into the elements Sunday afternoon to watch the water show. However, nearby residents said the storms this weekend are coming too soon.

“Last year we didn’t have any rain through the month of September, and this year it’s absolutely crazy,” said Hugh Ragle. “It’s just so unusual; it’s sort of depressing in a way.”

In Cannon Beach, the heavy rain made for low visibility.  Visitors in the area described it as very wet and windy.

In Seaside, rain-or-shine visitors braved the storm.

“We had a hard time getting here because it was raining so hard,” said Charlene Scott, a visitor from Portland, “but once we got here everything was good.”

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Business remained open Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in the Oregon coastal towns like this one — even as the National Weather Service issued a flood and high-wind advisory for the coast. (KOIN 6 News/Chris Holmstrom)

KOIN 6 News also received feedback from those doing business in the area.

Though the rain is early, workers said it hasn’t stopped people from shopping.

“The rain doesn’t seem to bother them; they buy umbrellas, raincoats, whatever it takes,” said Charlene Scott, an employee at World of Gifts. “They are interested and they love it here. A little bit of rain, or a lot of rain, it’s not going to stop them.”

The Oregon Coast also had several lightning strikes throughout the area. As for the beach, the National Weather Service reports its high-wind advisory will stay in effect until Monday morning.

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