South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind watch which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.
The first in a series of storms will begin to affect the south Washington and north Oregon coasts on Wednesday afternoon. South winds of 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph will begin to affect the coast by mid-afternoon. Winds will then increase to 30-40 mph with gusts to 70 mph in the evening. Winds will be strongest along the beaches and headlands. Winds will decrease around midnight tomorrow night.
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency does not typically issue statements upon receipt of a high wind watch but given the recent storm believes that more information is better.
With the recent wind, rain, and saturated ground, residents should again prepare and take this time as an opportunity to take care of problems caused by the past storm before this one arrives.
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 from the NWS at http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.