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Monday, January 11, 2010

Warning and Advisory Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning and a high surf advisory for Pacific County.

The high wind warning is in effect from 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to 10:00 p.m. this evening for the North Oregon and South Washington Coasts. South winds will increase this afternoon and continue into the evening. Winds will reach 25-40 mph at inland areas with gusts of 60-65 mph near beaches and headlands.

The high surf advisory is in effect from 4:00 p.m. this afternoon to 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning for the South Washington and North and Central Oregon Coasts. A strong low pressure system off the coast will cause seas to build to between 20-24 feet tonight and impact the surf zone along the coast. The waves will decrease some by Tuesday morning but remain higher than normal for several more days.

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 are possible.

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Be sure to use caution along the coast this week and stay away from beaches.

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