The incredible scenes from Thursday's massive coastal waves
A swirling monster of a storm lazily spinning off northern Vancouver Island Thursday helped contribute to jaw-dropping scenes of large coastal waves up and down the Washington and northern Oregon Coasts.
The storm, at its peak measuring around 964 mb, triggered intense winds near the low center, which in turn whipped up waves measuring 30-40 feet high well offshore.
The intense low created a large swath of 60-75 knot winds (70-86 mph) in the Pacific, leading to those monster wave reports.
Even as the waves arrived along the coast, they measured in the 20-30 foot range -- a buoy off of Westport measured a 32 fot wave Thursday morning.
And another buoy not too far off Aberdeen registered a 43.3 foot wave!
Along the North Coast, the waves crashed into the haystack rocks near La Push, making this dramatic photo taken by Jay Cline of Port Angeles.
"A few minutes after I took this photo we were told to evacuate the parking lot, rocks and logs were a danger," Cline said.
A bit farther south on the coast near Westport, ocean waves crashed over barriers and rolled into Westport and Ocean Park. Here are some of the dramatic videos from Westport:
Of course, one got a little *too* close to the show:
"When (the wave) came up and over none of us realized that it was going to be that big," said witness Dave Zundel. Fortunately the guy struck by the wave was was OK -- he held onto the railing and made it out safely, soaking wet, but alive.
And Joshua Wilkins took this drone video of the waves crashing ashore in Ocean Park, rolling up the vehicle beach access road!
On the other end of the Washington coast at Cape Disappointment, photographers flocked to the shoreline, eager to catch a glimpse and photo of the traditional huge breaking waves that interact with the shallows and ragged coastline for spectacular wave crashes like these from Jim Burns, Rakan Aduaij, and Dave Stecker:
Burns has been there for two days and got a number of great shots. He says the film session was cut short though when a large wave overran the protective logs in the picnic area where all the photographers were.
"Luckily only a couple of them got knocked down and no-one was seriously injured," Burns said.
Steckler was one closer to the wave.
"The log boom exploded while I was standing a few feet away and I ran for my life!" he said. "My camera bag was swept away in a small river of seawater and I went scrambling after it, getting soaked. "
Alduaij also got some fancy shots:
Waves these high aren't exceedingly rare for the coast, but are maybe a once every 2-3 year occurrence.