Sunday, January 17, 2010
High Wind Warning and High Surf Advisory Issued
South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning and a high surf advisory for the north Oregon and south Washington coasts. The high wind warning is in effect from 7:00 p.m. this evening to 8:00 a.m. Monday. Southeast winds will turn southerly and increase this evening and continue into Monday morning. Strong south winds of 35-45 mph are expected with gusts up to 65 mph at open beaches and headlands. The high surf advisory is in effect from 10:00 p.m. this evening to 3:00 p.m. Monday. A strong pacific storm will move northward off the Oregon and Washington coasts tonight and Monday morning. This storm will generate large seas that will impact the coastline beginning later Sunday evening and continue into Monday afternoon before subsiding. Seas are expected to peak near 25 feet Monday morning. Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Local power disruptions and tree damage are possible. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Exercise caution along beaches. Unpredictable and destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures with no warning. This is not a time to be near the water. Be sure to use caution along the coast this week and stay away from beaches.