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A very strong north Pacific storm will roar ashore over the next 24 hours…maybe a little longer. It’ll bring strong winds to the north and central coast as well as in the coast range.
The strongest winds are expected to arrive between midnight and 6am Saturday…then regroup and blow strong again Saturday afternoon and into the evening.
A high wind warning is in effect now through 10pm Saturday. Gusts to 75 mph will occur along beaches and headlands. Obviously venturing out to either venue is NOT advised. Winds will slow down at bit during Saturday day but increasing again toward Saturday evening, with gusts to 60 mph.
And, as always, we can expect power outages and falling trees during periods of peak winds. Big trucks, buses and R/V’s don’t do well under these conditions so don’t drive any of them. Keep ’em parked until Saturday afternoon, at least.
Peak surf heights will coincide with a high tide Saturday evening so there could be some minor coastal flooding in the offing. Stay off beaches and headlands as dangerous surf will be tossing around anything that’s in it…like fallen trees and logs. So keep your distance. And for goodness sakes, don’t go swimming. Rip tides are expected to be in huge abundance.
Here’s what the waves were like off Rocky Creek State Park this afternoon. Imagine them two to three times this size on Saturday and Sunday.