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Oregon parks officials issue safety warning as storm hits coast

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A beach safety alert has been issued for all coast visitors after a storm is predicted to bring strong winds and high waves along the north and central coast, according to Oregon Parks and Recreation.

A high wind warning remains in effect until 4 a.m. Wednesday, with gusts on beaches and headlands could reach up to 70 mph, according to the national weather service.

"The sandy beach is the last place you want to be during these storms," said OPRD Safety Specialist Robert Smith. "When you visit the beach, respect the ocean and be aware of your surroundings."

Smith is asking for storm watchers to respect closures, stay off the sand, and watch from an elevated location.

A flood watch is also in effect on the central coast through Thursday, with 4-7 inches of rain expected in the Coast Range.

Flooding forced coastal park managers to close Beverly Beach State Park and Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area.

Visitors to state parks should check for updates and closures at OregonStateParks.org.

For safety tips, video, and information on the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents can be found at OregonBeachSafety.org.

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