Monday, January 18, 2010
High Wind Warning Issued and High Surf Advisory Continues
South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning and the high surf advisory continues for the north Oregon and south Washington coasts. The high wind warning is in effect from 8:00 p.m. this evening to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Southeast to south winds will increase late this evening to 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. The strongest wind will be near headlands and on beaches. Wind gusts to 60 mph will begin after 10:00 p.m. tonight in the south part of Tillamook County, OR and spread north. The very strong wind will continue through much of Tuesday afternoon. The high surf advisory is now in effect until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. A strong pacific storm generated large seas that will continue to bring high surf conditions to the coastline through this afternoon. High surf conditions will ease for the evening but return later tonight and continue through Tuesday as the next Pacific storm impacts the coast. Seas were 25-30 feet earlier Monday morning but have since subsided to around 20 feet. Seas will lower a little more during the day then build to 20-25 feet later tonight and Tuesday. 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. For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.