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People swarm to Oregon coast trying to escape the heat

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People enjoying Cannon Beach near Haystack Rock Friday. People enjoying Cannon Beach near Haystack Rock Friday.
A crowd of people on the sand in Cannon Beach Friday. A crowd of people on the sand in Cannon Beach Friday.

As temperatures soared above 100 degrees in most of the Portland metro area Friday, people tried to escape the heat by going to the Oregon coast, but even there, they didn’t have much luck.

It hit 90 degrees in Cannon Beach by 11 a.m. and other areas along the coastline neared triple-digit temperatures, like Astoria which topped out at 97 degrees.

“It’s just hot, hot,” said Alma Resendez, who visited Cannon Beach from Seattle. “It’s been hot since the sunrise.”

The scene on the sand looked more like San Diego, with hundreds of people sporting swimsuits, beach towels and big umbrellas.

Trying to find anything in town – from parking spots to campsites – was nearly impossible.

“Today, literally we are sold out,” said Court Carrier, the Executive Director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve checked everybody and we don’t have any rooms available. They called us from Seaside to see if they could refer people to us, and we can’t take them.”

Visitors at the information center were given bottled water to try and beat the heat, and Carrier said he was going to have fun with the hot weather by giving his staff several ice cream breaks throughout the day.

“It’s just a really sunny day, sunny like heck. It’s sweating,” said 6-year-old Daphanie Portillo, as she played in the sand with her family from Beaverton.

A team of three lifeguards continually scanned the shore from a tower near Haystack Rock, and went up and down the beach on ATV’s to check on families and their children.

With the extra crowds, and many people visiting who may be unfamiliar with the ocean, they had a warning for people when it comes to the dangers of the ocean.

Head Lifeguard Brian Habecker said, contrary to what some people think, high tide is more dangerous than low tide when it comes to rip currents because there’s more water coming in and it all has to go back out.

He said if you’re caught in one stay calm, keep your head above water and if you can’t swim back, try to float on your back.

“Where a rip current exists you're not going to see waves, it's going to look flat,” Habecker said. “And so people think, ‘Oh it's safe there, it looks like a lake. I don't want to go where the big crazy waves are,’ but the waves are where it safe, you're not going to get sucked out [there]."

However, people can still get caught in sneaker waves and wearing life jackets is the best protection anytime you’re in the water.

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