The High Wind Warning remains in effect through this evening and the High Surf Advisory is in place until 3:00am tomorrow. Strong southerly winds arrived right on schedule late this afternoon with gusts already well over 50 mph. Here are a few of the highest recorded as of 4:30pm:
Newport Airport 59 mph
Yachats 56 mph
Lincoln Beach 50 mph
Mary’s Peak 63 mph
Winds are expected to ease by midnight and we should have less wind tomorrow, though gusts of 40-50 mph are still possible.
Then, on Saturday, we have an actual named storm headed our way. The National Weather Service has dubbed it The Ides of October Storm. A High Wind Watch has been issued for Saturday afternoon and evening when gusts could hit 90 mph. However, the exact track of this storm, which is carrying remnants of Typhoon Songda, is still in flux but is expected to make landfall somewhere between the mouth of the Columbia River and southwest Vancouver Island. If the track does bring it ashore near Astoria, then the 90 mph winds are indeed feasible. Any farther north and we’ll probably ‘only’ get 75 mph or so. Stay tuned; we’re keeping a close eye on this developing storm and will keep you posted right here.
– Chris Burns