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Sunday, March 28, 2010

High Wind Warning & High Surf Advisory Issued Sunday March 28, 2010

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 8:00 pm this evening to 5:00 am Monday. The high wind watch is no longer in effect.
  • Winds: south winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected at exposed headlands and beaches. Gusts of 60 mph are possible in the coastal communities.
  • Timing: strong winds are expected to develop later this evening with the strongest winds expected between 11:00 pm and 2:00 am. The winds will decrease by late tonight.
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.

In addition, NWS Portland has issued a high surf advisory...which is in effect from midnight tonight to 5:00 Wednesday.

A series of strong storms in the Gulf of Alaska will bring large swell to the coast beginning this evening. Expect incoming swell to reach 20 feet along the coast by midnight tonight...then build to 23 to 25 feet by early Monday morning. Large swell will continue to pound the coastline through late Tuesday night. Incoming swell will subside to below 20 feet by early Wednesday morning.

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area...producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Monthly AHAB Siren Test April 5th

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system next scheduled monthly test will be Monday, April 5th at noon. It is recommended that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test. The test is currently scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. There are currently 13 AHAB sirens installed in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors. The current procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.” In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound a constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema and clicking on the Tsunami tab. Residents can also view a video clip of the AHAB test on the PCEMA Facebook page. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.