Coastal Communities, Beaches and Headlands…
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Portland; it is in effect from 8:00pm this evening to noon Tuesday near beaches and headlands along the Central Coast. A High Wind Watch goes into effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning for the Central Coast.
* Tonight through noon Tuesday: beaches and headlands, south winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Coastal communities, south winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
* Tuesday night through noon Wednesday: south winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Local wind gusts up to 75 mph.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats. Coastal headlands are characterized by high rocky shores and steep sea cliffs.
* Impacts: the winds may produce local wind damage that might lead to power disruptions. The winds will also likely cause travel problems for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
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. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
* Winds: south to southeast increasing to 30-35 knots with gusts to 45 knots this afternoon. South winds with gusts to 50 knots are expected tonight into Tuesday morning.
* Seas: building to 20 feet this evening and then continuing to build overnight. The highest seas will be over the outer waters.
* Seas: 12-15 feet will increase to 20-23 feet by late this evening and through Tuesday morning. Seas will slowly fall just below 20 feet late Tuesday afternoon before increasing again by Tuesday night.
* Precautionary/preparedness actions: A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. As waves build during these storms, the surf will become very dangerous. Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
We’ll be monitoring the storm(s) and will update here with any new or changed advisories, watches and warnings.