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Monday, February 14, 2011

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2011 – 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
(360) 875-9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has just issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southern Pacific, western Wahkiakum and northwestern Clatsop Counties.

At 3:14 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, was located 14 miles south of Warrenton, Oregon and moving northeast at 60 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service is predicting that locations near Cape Disappointment and Ilwaco will be impacted. This is a dangerous storm. Prepare immediately for potentially damaging winds and cloud to ground lightening. People outside should move indoors, preferable away from a window.

In addition, a high wind warning remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. this evening.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Move indoors away from potential lightening and high wind.

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.

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.

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