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    Posted December 12, 2014 by
    KristiGott
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    Oregon's Most Photographed Lighthouse 90 mph Gusts in Windstorm, My Story

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KristiGott took these photos on Thursday at at a few spots in Florence, Oregon. She says the wind was so strong that she had to hold on to her car with one hand while she was taking pictures.
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    Heceta Lighthouse, the Oregon coast's most photographed lighthouse, looked out at waves whipped by extreme winds clocked at up to 90 mph on Dec. 11, 2014.

     

    The Heceta Lighthouse is located just north of Florence, Oregon on the central coast.

     

    When I started out to go over to take the photos it was fairly quiet at my wind protected home.  But once I hit the coast my car was rocking with each gust that hit.

     

    The extreme storm that hit the west coast caused 30 ft swells off the Oregon coast.

     

    Trees and limbs were down. Florence, Oregon schools closed due to hazardous conditions.

     

    Near the lighthouse sea lions sought shelter in the rocky crevices. But some sea lions were out in small "rafting" groups amidst the stormy seas.  Others were in the nearby Sea Lion Caves.

     

    Heceta Beach and Baker Beach, a few miles south of the Heceta Lighthouse, Central Oregon coast, were the scenes of dramatic waves and clouds.

     

    The winds were so strong the car was rocking with each gust and I had to drive as slow as 25 miles per hour on 101 along the coast.

     

    To avoid getting blown backwards in the windiest areas I had to learn against the car or even take the photos from inside the car through the windshield.

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