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Friday, March 4, 2016

NWS Issues Second High Wind Warning of the Week



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 9:00 p.m. this evening until 4:00 a.m. Saturday March 5, 2016, for the South Washington Coast. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South to southwest winds of 40 to 50 mph with gusts 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands.  Winds will increase Friday evening and continue overnight into Saturday morning. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Isolated power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Headland areas and beaches are vulnerable to very strong wind gusts that may pose a safety hazard for individuals.  Extreme caution should be taken by clam diggers and others using the beaches. Never turn your back to the ocean. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning. 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

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