Expect king tides to cause some flooding this weekend, as tides could reach more than 10 feet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with waves as high as 40 feet offshore.

The highest tide comes on Saturday, and waves likely will crest over the parking area in the Cove, Department of Public Works Director Dale McDowell said Monday.

The department will close roads to the Cove if necessary, he added.

Residents are advised to be aware of sneaker waves, unexpected waves that reach higher onto land without warning.

According to Wendi Agalzoff of the Seaside Aquarium, these powerful deadly surges are able to move large amounts of sandy sediment rocks, knock over adults and roll large logs with only a few inches of water.

Cold ocean temperatures in the Northwest also place any individual dragged off the beach in immediate danger of cold-water paralysis. Cold water will quickly drain energy and inhibit an individual’s ability to swim within minutes.

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