Watch: Gigantic waves crash into bluff as bomb cyclone swirls offshore
As the second storm raged offshore Sunday, storm chasers headed to Cape Disappointment, an area noted for its rugged coastline and some of the roughest seas you'll find along the Pacific Coast.
CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT, Wash. -- Giant waves crashed ashore along the southern Washington coastline as two nearly-twin "bomb cyclones" churned up the seas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
As the second storm raged offshore Sunday, storm chaser Benjamin Jurkovich joined several photographers at Cape Disappointment, an area noted for its rugged coastline and some of the roughest seas you'll find along the Pacific Coast.
Add in near hurricane-force winds, and it's quite the display of the power of nature.
"Thankfully, the storm stayed far enough offshore to spare Washington a catastrophic blow," Jurkovich said. "But, the winds were still strong! While filming this, the wind at Cape Disappointment gusted to 74mph."
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The natural shape of the cove combined with the chaotic currents frequently brings waves crashing into the bluffs in spectacular fashion. But when storms rage in the region – such as a record-setting 942.5 millibar storm offshore, the show goes from spectacular to surreal.
"The wind was sustained at 50 mph gusting well into the upper 60s for most of my stay," Jurkovich told FOX Weather. "Ocean spray filled the air, and you could taste the sea salt on your lips."
The Cape received its name in 1788 by British trader John Mears when he believed the mouth of the Columbia River was just a bay, according to the National Park Service.
But for photographers during stormy weather, it always proves to be anything but a disappointment.
Stormy scenes up and down the coast
Just a little way north of Cape Disappointment, Stephanie Campbell was storm-watching along the beaches of Ocean Shores, Washington.
There, she spent two hours capturing the power of the heavy surf crashing into the North Jetty:
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"It was pretty crazy with the wind and brief hailstorms," Campbell told FOX Weather. "I was lucky enough to get a few breaks of sunshine to capture some of the drama of the waves cresting, but not lucky enough to avoid being completely soaked by saltwater and rain before I called it a day."
But she said it was worth every second.
"They were some of the most impressive waves I have ever seen there. It almost looked like they could jump the rocks had they been hitting them more directly."
Heavy surf was expected to continue into Tuesday then gradually subside into the middle of the week.