ASTORIA, Ore. -- The Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River bar and most other entrances to coastal ports in Washington and Oregon because of dangerously high waves.
An official at the command center in Astoria, Ken Stuber, said Monday that 30-foot seas from the storm that hit the Northwest prompted the closures over the weekend. He says swells are likely to continue after the winds subside, so the clousers are likely to extend through Monday.
He says no ships have required help during the storm. Large ships that are equipped to handle the seas can still request a crossing during the closure.
In addition to Columbia River, other affected crossings include Grays Harbor, Wash., Tillamook, Depoe Bay, Yaquina, Umpqua and Coos Bay.