STORM UPDATE (7:00pm, Tuesday)
The High Wind Warning remains in effect through 4:00am tomorrow morning for the Central Coast. Southwest wind gusts to 65 mph are possible in coastal communities and up to 75 mph along beaches and headlands. A Marine Storm Warning has also been issued for southwest winds gusting to 55 knots and seas building to 17 feet tonight. In addition, the National Weather Service has posted a Hydrologic Outlook for potential flooding in Northwest Oregon during the next few days.
A series of strong weather systems will bring periods of heavy rain to Northwest Oregon over the next several days. The first system arrives this evening, bringing about 2 to 3 inches of rain into the Coast Range. Additional rain is expected Friday and through the weekend. Rainfall totals may push some rivers above flood stage. Based on the current weather forecast, the heaviest rain for Northwest Oregon would be in the southern Willamette Valley. However, the details of weekend rainfall totals and areas of heaviest rain are uncertain at this time.
Sharp rises on some creeks and rivers are expected Wednesday but flooding is unlikely. Rivers will remain fairly high through the week, and the additional rain this weekend may cause some rivers to rise above flood stage.
Central Coast wind gusts recorded so far this evening…
Lincoln City: 39 mph
Depoe Bay: 33 mph
Newport: 44 mph (Yaquina Bay Bridge)
Waldport: 36 mph
Yachats: 42 mph