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Monday, March 14, 2011

High Wind Warning Issued

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 11:00 p.m. this evening to 8:00 a.m. Tuesday near the beaches and headlands of South Washington, North Oregon, and Central Oregon. This replaces the high wind watch which was previously in effect.

South winds increasing to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph are expected for the headlands and open beaches. Winds will be somewhat lighter in the coastal communities. Strongest winds are expected between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. early Tuesday morning.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. this evening. Expect seas of 19 to 23 feet this evening with a period of around 14 to 15 seconds. The surf zone will remain choppy and chaotic into this evening. Seas will subside later this evening. The high surf will likely cause beach erosion in the surf zone. Debris and large logs will likely be tossed ashore. Waves will cover jetties and other outcroppings as well.

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

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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