The latest storm system arrived on the Central Coast around 4:00pm Sunday afternoon with a warm front and the breeze picking up slowly. This system is moving less rapidly than Saturday’s, and the wind event will take longer to develop but last longer. Best estimate now is that the winds will blow fairly hard most of the night, with peak gusts coming between 10:00pm Sunday and 4:00am Monday morning following the arrival of a cold front. The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 10:00am Monday for gusts to 70 mph possible. However, it appears much of the energy from this storm is being directed at the south Washington coast and points north. So, our winds may peak lower than forecast, and be generally maintaining 40-50 mph gusts, with a few outliers. There is also a chance of some fairly intense thunderstorms later Sunday evening and early Monday, trailing the cold front. Some of the thunderstorms may produce hail. And, noted in Sunday’s National Weather Service briefing, we’re not out of the woods yet. Heavy rain Monday, and another storm packing winds of 50-plus mph is forecast for Tuesday.
As of 9:00pm, peak wind gusts on the Central Coast Saturday evening were:
Lincoln City – 43 mph
Depoe Bay – 43 mph
Newport (Airport) – 46 mph
Newport (Yaquina Bay Bridge) – 55 mph
Waldport – 42 mph
Yachats – 39 mph
More rain is on the way, too, though not quite as much as earlier projections indicated. The Flood Watch remains in effect until 10:00am Monday. A lot of the rain from the current storm is going north of our area into Western Washington. Still, substantial amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible on the Central Coast and in the Coast Range through Monday.
We’ll have a full report Monday morning…