After a bit of a lull this evening and overnight, another even more powerful storm is headed this way tomorrow. It is aimed directly at the Central Coast. This evening, the predicted speed of the highest winds was increased to 75-85 mph in our communities and 80-90 mph on beaches and headlands. Note also that the latest warnings also include the Coast Range and the entire Willamette Valley.
Coastal Communities, Beaches, Headlands and Coast Range…
A new High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Portland; this warning is in effect from 9:00am Thursday morning through 10:00pm Thursday night for the Central Coast and Central Coast Range.
* Winds: for Thursday, southerly wind gusts of 75-85 mph, except 80-90 mph near beaches, headlands and the higher terrain in the Coast Range.
* Timing: for Thursday, winds will rapidly increase during the late morning along the Central Coast and in the Coast Range.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.
* Impacts: for Thursday, significant property damage may occur resulting in structural damage, and power outages are possible. The winds will also likely cause travel problems for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
* The High Wind Warning has now been extended to the entire Willamette Valley where winds of 50-65 mph are possible on Thursday. Travelers should keep a close eye on forecasts and current conditions before venturing out onto the highways.
* Winds: south 15-25 knots through tonight. For Thursday, east to southeast 20-30 knots with gusts to 40 knots in the morning then increasing to 30-45 knots by the afternoon with gusts 50-55. A few gusts to 65 knots possible with strongest wind.
* Seas: tonight, 18-20 feet. Seas will build again to 23-26 feet Thursday with highest seas over the outer waters.
A High Surf Advisory is in effect from 4:00am to 10:00pm Thursday. Seas under a west swell, southerly windwaves and fresh swell will quickly ramp up to between 25 and 30 feet with a period around 15 seconds Thursday. Swells of this magnitude will produce hazardous surf conditions, with breakers around 20 feet. There will be isolated waves much higher.
* 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.
Peak wind gusts along the Central Coast today: Yachats 66 mph, Waldport 52 mph, Newport and Depoe Bay 45 mph, Lincoln City 36 mph. Others in the region include 60 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, 68 mph at Sea Lion Caves, and in the Coast Range on Mary’s Peak east of Newport, a gust of 93 mph was recorded just before noon.
We’ll be monitoring the storm closely and will update here with any new or changed advisories, watches and warnings.