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High waves could make digging clams dangerous Saturday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 17, 2012 at 9:49 am |
February 17, 2012 9:49 am

People planning to take part in Saturday’s razor clam dig should be aware of a high surf advisory that is in effect from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Powerful westerly swells will build to 21-24 feet during the day saturday before subsiding Saturday night, said the National Weather Service.

The large waves are expected to reach the coast late Saturday morning.

People planning to take part in Saturday’s razor clam dig should be aware of a high surf advisory that is in effect from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Powerful westerly swells will build to 21-24 feet during the day saturday before subsiding Saturday night, said the National Weather Service.

The large waves are expected to reach the coast late Saturday morning.

The powerful breaking waves will make it very dangerous to fish or observe waves from rocks, jetties or breakwaters. Unwary beach walkers and diggers can easily be caught off guard as waves suddenly race farther up the beach than normal, the Seattle office warned.

Digging will be allowed Saturday and Sunday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches.

No digging will be allowed before noon each day. The evening low tide on Saturday is at 4:13 p.m. (0 feet), and on Sunday it is at 5 p.m. (-0.2 feet).

The weather buoy off Cape Elizabeth this morning was recording wave heights over 11 feet. When they reach that level, state officials caution diggers to be wary while on the beach, especially if they are digging as it gets dark.

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