Updated 3:30pm, Tuesday, December 9th
Coastal Communities, Beaches and Headlands…
A new High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Portland; the warning is in effect from 1:00am Wednesday morning through 2:00pm Wednesday afternoon for the Central Coast. And, a High Wind Watch goes into effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday evening.
* Winds: for coastal communities, southerly wind gusts of 55-65 mph. For beaches and headlands, southerly wind gusts of 65-75 mph. For Thursday, winds gusts to 75 mph appear possible.
* Timing: late Tuesday night through early Wednesday afternoon. The strongest winds will likely occur between 9:00am and 2:00pm Wednesday.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.
* Impacts: these winds may produce minor damage to structures and 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.
* Wind for tonight through Wednesday morning: south wind 30-35 knots with gusts to 50 knots late tonight. Increasing to 40-50 knots early Wednesday morning with gusts up to 60 knots. Wind is expected to substantially diminish to gale force by late Wednesday afternoon.
* Seas: remaining around 20 feet through late this evening. Wave heights building to 25-30 feet tonight through Wednesday.
* Seas: fall just below 20 feet through this evening before increasing again by tonight. Seas 21-23 feet are expected through midday Wednesday. After a brief lull Wednesday afternoon and evening, seas rise again early Thursday morning.
* 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 continue monitoring the storm(s) and update here with any new or changed advisories, watches and warnings.