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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

High Wind Warning Tomorrow

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday near beaches and headlands.  

·     Coastal beaches and headlands: South winds will become strong and gusty later tonight and continue on Wednesday. Expect south wind to become 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

·     Timing: Winds will increase between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Wednesday with the strongest winds likely on the South Washington Coast between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

·     Impacts: Those with high profile vehicles should be prepared for strong wind gusts.

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.

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.

Like the PCEMA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pcema.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stay Connected with PCEMA

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) would like to remind residents, visitors, businesses, and organizations of the various ways to stay connected before, during, and after an emergency or disaster impacting Pacific County:

·    Like the PCEMA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pcema to follow frequent emergency management and preparedness dialogue.

·    Follow @PCEOCNews on Twitter to get updates from the Pacific County EOC when activated. If you are not signed up for Twitter, you can receive the same information via text message. Just text “follow PCEOCNews” to 40404.

·    Receive the latest emergency management information, hazardous weather notices, and monthly newsletter by signing up for the PCEMA email list. Provide your name and email to sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us or drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us and include the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.

·    Read the latest emergency management information on the PCEMA blog at www.pcema.blogspot.com.

·    Visit the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema for valuable preparedness materials and to learn about hazards prone to Pacific County.

·    Register your wireless and/or VoIP phone numbers with the Pacific County Emergency Notification System by visiting http://co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/EmergNotifcation.htm. The system is already programmed with landline phone numbers from phone company records.

Please feel free to contact the PCEMA office at 360-875-9340 with any questions or comments.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

High Wind Warning in Effect

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington and North Oregon Coast in effect until 1:00 p.m. Monday.

·   Beaches and headlands: Winds will become south 35 to 50 mph with gusts 65 to 85 mph. Winds will turn west to southwest later this evening but remain strong with gusts 60 to 75 mph.
 
·   Coastal interior: Winds will become south 30 to 45 mph with gusts 55 to 70 mph. Winds will turn west to southwest later this evening but remain strong with gusts 65 to 70 mph even into Monday morning.

Two rounds of winds are expected. The strongest south winds will be between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. today with the second round between midnight and 9:00 a.m. but will be more westerly and will impact more than the locations typically impacted in a high wind coastal event.

Power disruptions are likely. Damage to trees in wind exposed areas may also occur. Those with high profile vehicles need to be prepared for sudden strong wind gusts, especially on exposed headlands as well as on Highway 101 and the Megler Bridge.

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.

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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

High Wind Warning Tonight Into Tuesday


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 12:00 a.m. tonight to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday for the South Washington and North and Central Oregon Coasts.  

·     South winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph are expected near beaches and headlands.
·     Coastal communities can expect south winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 45-55 mph.
·     Winds will peak early Tuesday between 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
·     Broken tree limbs and power outages are possible on Tuesday morning.  

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. 

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.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Flood Warning Issued for the Willapa & Naselle Rivers


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a flood warning for the following rivers in Pacific County: 

·      Willapa River: flood warning is in effect until Tuesday morning. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 3:00 p.m. Monday and is expected to crest at 22 feet around 10:00 p.m. Monday. Expect widespread flooding. Historically, numerous roads are flooded with deep and swiftly moving water including Heckard Road and U.S. Highway 101. The magnitude of flooding on U.S. Highway 101 will depend on the tide. This evening’s high tide will be around 5:00 p.m.  

·      Naselle River: flood warning is in effect until Tuesday morning. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 1:00 p.m. Monday and is expected to crest at 16.6 feet around 5:00 p.m. Monday. Expect minor flooding causing mainly pasture land flooding at this point. Some roads may have water over them in spots.

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the latest river stages and forecasts.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Don’t drive into flooded areas. Avoid walking near riverbanks during high water.

Flood Warning Issued for the Willapa River


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a flood warning for the Willapa River from this afternoon to Tuesday morning. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 3:00 p.m. Monday and is expected to crest at 22 feet around 10:00 p.m. Monday.

Expect widespread flooding. Historically, numerous roads are flooded with deep and swiftly moving water including Heckard Road and U.S. Highway 101. The magnitude of flooding on U.S. Highway 101 will depend on the tide. This evening’s high tide will be around 5:00 p.m.
 
Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the latest river stages and forecasts.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Don’t drive into flooded areas. Avoid walking near riverbanks during high water.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Begins Shelter Survey Process


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is embarking on a long-term project to identify and assess the sheltering capacity within Pacific County. 

In the initial phase of the project, PCEMA has developed a ten question survey where respondents can indicate their interest in sheltering persons, animals, or both persons and animals.  

The survey is primarily electronic and a link is being emailed to various facilities in the county who may be interested in participating.  Pacific County Emergency Management has worked to gather email addresses associated with facilities that might serve as a shelter.  If your facility is interested and did not receive an email with a link to the survey, please contact the PCEMA office at 360-875/642-9340 or 360-875/642-9338.  You may also contact PCEMA with a mailing address if you do not have Internet access. 

The survey process is expected to conclude by the end of November, at which time answers will be evaluated and a continued work plan developed based upon survey responses.  


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pacific County NOAA Weather Radios WILL BE ACTIVATED During ShakeOut Drill

South Bend, Washington – It has been determined that NOAA weather radios WILL BE ACTIVATED in Pacific, Grays Harbor, and Clallam Counties only as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill and tsunami siren test. County residents are asked to provide feedback on the test at www.shakeout.org/washington.
The Pacific County All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) outdoor sirens will activate on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 10:18 a.m. with the actual tsunami siren tone (a three minute wail), followed by a verbal message.  The AHAB sirens in Pacific County and the other outer Washington coastal counties are being activated to conduct a true “end-to-end” test of the entire tsunami warning system.
This test will help familiarize residents with the sound made by the AHAB sirens during an actual tsunami warning.  It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast an audible siren wail tone for the full 3 minute warning instead of a chime tone.  The voice message will differ slightly from the monthly test, and will include the following:  “This is a test of the AHAB system.  If you are in a low coastal area test your evacuation route now.  If this had been a real emergency, you should follow evacuation routes.  Move to higher ground or inland now.  Do not delay. Do not return until directed to do so. Tune Into your local radio stations for further instructions.  This was only a test.”
Pacific County residents are encouraged to participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut by registering at www.shakeout.org/washington and by conducting a personal drill such as Drop, Cover, and Hold or an evacuation walk.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tsunami Sirens to be Tested in Great Washington ShakeOut


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) outdoor sirens will be tested as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut, on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 10:18 a.m. with the actual tsunami siren tone (a three minute wail), followed by a verbal message.  The AHAB sirens in Pacific County and the other outer Washington coastal counties are being activated to conduct a true “end-to-end” test of the entire tsunami warning system.

Pacific County residents are encouraged to participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut by registering at www.shakeout.org/washington/ and by conducting a personal drill such as Drop, Cover, and Hold or an evacuation walk.   

This test will help familiarize residents with the sound made by the AHAB sirens during an actual tsunami warning.  It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast an audible siren wail tone for the full 3 minute warning instead of a chime tone.  

The voice message will differ slightly from the monthly test, and will include the following:  “This is a test of the AHAB system.  If you are in a low coastal area test your evacuation route now.  If this had been a real emergency, you should follow evacuation routes.  Move to higher ground or inland now.  Do not delay. Do not return until directed to do so. Tune Into your local radio stations for further instructions.  This was only a test.”


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Friday, October 5, 2012

Help Your County, Volunteer With PCEMA!

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is hosting a volunteer orientation on Thursday, October 18th at the Willapa Harbor Hospital at 9:00 a.m. Attendees will learn the different volunteer opportunities available through PCEMA as well as learning the steps to become a volunteer.

PCEMA offers many outlets for volunteers including public education, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The orientation is open to all residents of Pacific County. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is encouraged to attend.

To RSVP or for more information, contact PCEMA AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill at 360-875-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Excessive Heat Warning Issued


South Bend, Washington – An excessive heat warning is in effect for Thursday, August 16, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the south Washington Coast. 

Temperatures will warm dramatically across the region with highs in the upper 80’s to middle 90’s for the coastal areas of south Washington.  Winds will become southerly late Thursday along the coast allowing temperature to fall back into the 60’s on Friday. 

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside, taking frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air conditioned environment. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.

Pets can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water and provide a shady place to get out of the sun.  Do not leave an animal unattended inside a vehicle.   The inside of a vehicle with windows cracked can quickly reach in excess of 100 degrees on an 85 degree day. 

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Friday, July 20, 2012

AmeriCorps*State Application Period Extended

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking qualified candidates to apply to be an AmeriCorps*State member to support the Disaster Preparedness Public Education Outreach project. The member will build and strengthen the local volunteer base by developing a strong public education outreach program to enhance disaster preparedness and response needs in Pacific County with a focus on low income and vulnerable communities.

AmeriCorps*State program benefits include a living allowance, health insurance, childcare assistance if eligible, training, and an education award upon successful completion of service term. The service term begins September 1, 2012 and ends July 15, 2013.

The application period has been extended to July 26, 2012. To apply, please visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=46241.

Desired qualifications:

·        Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
·        Working knowledge of office equipment
·        Ability to communicate effectively and independently in written and oral form with a variety of community groups, agencies, and officials
·        Lift up to 40 lbs.
·        Experience in emergency management, community involvement, or education preferred but not required  

Eligibility:

·        Be a US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the US
·        Be 18-25 years of age at the start date of the service term
·        Pass required criminal background checks
·        Not be listed on the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR)

Compensation:

·        Living allowance of $1,125 per month (before taxes)
·        Training and experience
·        Subsidized childcare (if qualified)
·        Health Insurance (member only)
·        Student loan forbearance and/or payment of interest on qualified student loans
·        $5,550 Education Award provided by National Service Trust (upon successful completion of service term)

Visit http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/state_national.asp for more information about AmeriCorps*State.

For more information about the AmeriCorps*State position or project, contact Denise Rowlett at drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us or call (360) 875-9338.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Washington State Launches Marine Debris Reporting Line


South Bend, Washington – Washington State Department of Ecology today announced a new toll-free reporting and information line for citizens who spot possible tsunami debris on Washington State beaches. 

Beachgoers are encouraged to call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) to report.  In addition, beachgoers are encouraged to remove and dispose of small debris items such as polystyrene (Styrofoam), plastic bottles, or other small articles.  If an item appears to have sentimental value to those who owned it, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) request people move the item to a safe place and email the information to disasterdebris@noaa.gov

People who call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) can:

·        Report oil and hazardous items to the National Response Center and Washington Department of Ecology by pressing “1”.
·        Report large floating debris items that might pose a boating or navigation hazard by pressing “2”.
·        Get instructions for reporting debris that is not large or hazardous.

NOAA predicts tsunami debris will show up on Washington shores intermittently during the next several years. However, it is unknown where and what types of debris might arrive.   NOAA encourages beachgoers and boaters, if possible, to take photos of marine debris suspected to be from the Japanese tsunami, to note the location, and to email the information to disasterdebris@noaa.gov

 As of July 2, the federal agency had received 569 total reports of potential tsunami debris both along West Coast shorelines and from sightings at sea – including 43 from Washington during the past two weeks. Of the overall total, 10 have been confirmed as tsunami debris items including a 20-foot fiberglass boat that washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco on Friday, June 15.

Items from Asia, including buoys or consumer plastics, regularly wash up on the Washington coast. It is difficult to tell the origin of ocean debris without unique identifying information, such as an individual or company name or boat identification number. 
  
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Media Contacts:
Linda Kent, Ecology media relations, 360-407-6239; 360-791-9830 (cell); linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov
Ben Sherman, NOAA media relations, 301-713-3066; ben.sherman@noaa.gov
Keeley Belva, NOAA media relations, 301-713-3066; keeley.belva@noaa.go

Thursday, June 28, 2012

AmeriCorps Individual Placement Member Recruitment

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) has been awarded an AmeriCorps Individual Placement member position for the 2012-2013 program year. The AmeriCorps member will support the Disaster Preparedness Public Education Outreach project. The member will build and strengthen the local volunteer base by developing a sustainable public education outreach program to enhance disaster preparedness and response needs in Pacific County with a focus on low income and vulnerable communities. The selected member should demonstrate the skills and commitment required to successfully serve in the position, serve 40 hours per week, and reach a minimum of 1,700 hours by the end of the term of service.
 
At a minimum, applicants must meet the following criteria required by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS): 
  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Be 18-25 years of age at the start date of their service
  • Must pass required criminal background checks

The AmeriCorps Individual Placement member will receive a living stipend of $1,125 per month (before taxes) provided by Washington Service Corps, training and experience, subsidized childcare (if qualified), health insurance, student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans), and a $5,550 Education Award provided by National Service Trust (upon successful completion of service term).

to apply. For more information on the AmeriCorps member position or project, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 875-9338 or drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Above is the latest information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding tsunami debris.  Please be sure to send email to disasterdebris@noaa.gov if you find anything that could be potentially related to the March 2011 Japanese tsunami along the Pacific County beaches.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

PCEMA Volunteers To Be Honored

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will be honoring volunteers at an appreciation dinner on June 12, 2012 in Seaview. PCEMA volunteers will be recognized for their continued efforts to assist emergency management.

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service volunteers serve as spotters during the All Hazard Alert Broadcast siren system monthly tests, support NOAA weather radio programming, and work on communications equipment or in the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center.

There is also a new cadre of volunteers who have been assisting PCEMA in public education efforts by presenting the Let’s Talk Tsunamis series and disaster preparedness presentations. Several volunteers are also involved in Community Emergency Response Team training and/or Map Your Neighborhood programs.

For additional information about becoming a PCEMA volunteer, please contact AmeriCorps*VISTA member Natasha Nesbitt at (360) 875-9409 or nnesbitt@co.pacific.wa.us.

Monday, June 4, 2012

SKYWARN Spotter Training in Grayland


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) Portland Office will offer SKYWARN Spotter training on Monday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the North Willapa Harbor Grange, 3198 State Route 105 in Grayland.

The NWS welcomes volunteers with an interest in severe weather spotting. The SKYWARN program is a voluntary noble civic service. Reports made by spotters provide visual confirmation of potentially severe weather and aid forecasters in issuing warnings.

SKYWARN volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. These reports, when integrated with modern NWS technology, are used to inform communities of the proper actions to take as severe weather threatens. The key focus of the SKYWARN program is to save lives and property through the use of the observations and reports of trained volunteers.

This information is provided at the request of and on behalf of the National Weather Service.  Additional information may be found at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/skywarn.php.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

History in the Mudbanks Tour a Resounding Success!

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) has organized a public walking tour on the Niawiakum River to explore evidence of past tsunamis in our area on April 14, 2012.  The tour will be led by Brian Atwater of the US Geological Survey and co-author of “The Orphan Tsunami of 1700”. 

The response to the opportunity to see historic tsunami deposits in the field has been overwhelming.  As a result, the one previously scheduled tour will be split into two tours.  Registered participants are being notified of the change in plans by email. 

In order to accommodate the numbers of interested residents, the tour scheduled for 4:00 p.m. is now rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Residents who have registered will be notified of their assigned tour time along with parking information and instructions for shuttle service to the drop point along the Niawaikum River.  Anyone who may have signed up is encouraged to check their email for instructions related to the change in plans. 

Residents going on the tour are encouraged to wear/bring rubber boots and other “bay gear” as it is likely to be muddy.  Any cameras or other delicate gear should be secured in a waterproof container.  After reading email, residents who have additional questions may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 642/875-9340. 



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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

National Weather Service Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 11:00 p.m. this evening through noon Thursday near beaches and headlands along the south Washington, northern Oregon, and central Oregon coasts.

·         Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph are possible late this evening through Thursday morning. 
·         Winds will ease along the Washington coast first, and then linger along the southern Oregon coast. 

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.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Strong wind gusts pose a safety hazard to high profile vehicles and to persons visiting the beaches and   headlands.  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.



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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pacific County & Hancock Forest Management Join to Further Improve Tsunami Evacuation Routes

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County and Hancock Forest Management (HFM) are working together to further enhance the network of tsunami evacuation routes and assembly areas in the county’s forests.  

The routes and new assembly areas are being identified and approved under the Pacific County Emergency Management program. Pacific County is collaborating with HFM, which manages the land where the routes are located.

Pacific County is thankful for the efforts and cooperation of Hancock Forest Management (HFM) and Region Manager Dave Boyd,” stated Pacific County Commissioner Jon Kaino. “HFM’s commitment to working with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to enhance public safety by allowing access to their lands and providing assistance in signing and monitoring evacuation routes and assembly areas is truly appreciated.”

“The safety of the community has always been a top priority for our company,” said Dave Boyd, HFM’s Lower Columbia region manager. “As soon as we were made aware of the desire for improvement to the evacuation routes, we contacted the county and are working closely with them to create additional evacuation routes and assembly areas.”

Under the program, HFM will move its gates on most of the roads to provide access to high ground above a tsunami’s highest possible projected height. Signs will be placed on all of the roads identifying them as tsunami evacuation routes. Several other roads will remain un-gated.

Many of the high points also will receive signs identifying them as assembly areas, or places above the projected high-water mark where it is safe to gather.  In the near future assembly
areas will be labeled with its location’s specific latitude and longitude. These labeled points will be incorporated into a map of the area available from the Pacific County website:  www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema.    

The 12 evacuation routes are located at:

US Highway 101, mile marker 29.4, state radar ridge road alternate for milepost 29.5.
US Highway 101, mile marker 30.8, the south end of Seal Slough Road.
US Highway 101, mile marker 32.2, the Seal Slough 50 spur.
US Highway 101, mile marker 34.5, Middle Nemah.
US Highway 101, mile marker 34.75, Dilley Mainline.
North Nemah Road East, the back end of the Dilley Mainline.
North Nemah Road East, the Hatchery Road.
North Nemah Road East, Williams Creek.
US Highway 101, mile marker 36.9, South Palix.
US Highway 101, mile marker 38.3, Palix Mainline.
Location #1 off Government Road.
Location #2 off Government Road.

The gates are intended to safeguard the Hancock forest lands from vandalism and other unauthorized use, Boyd said.

More information on Pacific County’s tsunami evacuation program can be found at http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/Tsunami.htm.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday for the South Washington and North and Central Oregon Coasts.  

·    The South Washington Coast can expect south winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph near beaches and headlands.
·    The North and Central Oregon Coasts can expect south winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 70 mph near beaches and headlands.
·    Coastal communities can expect south winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

Winds will increase Tuesday afternoon with the strongest winds late Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening. The winds will decrease once a cold front moves onshore by midnight.

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.

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.