UPDATE: High Wind Watch until 12:00AM Sunday

The following is an alert from Tillamook County Emergency Management.

emerg-mgtLOW PRESSURE OFF THE SOUTH OREGON COAST WILL LIFT NORTHWARD TOWARDS VANCOUVER ISLAND TONIGHT. THIS WILL BRING STRONG WINDS UP THE OREGON COAST THIS AFTERNOON AND ALONG THE SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST EARLY THIS EVENING.

WINDS WILL EASE LATER THIS EVENING…EXCEPT ALONG THE SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST AND FAR NORTH OREGON COAST WHERE BREEZY CONDITIONS REMAIN INTO FRIDAY.

NEXT ROUND OF WINDS WILL ARRIVE ON SATURDAY…AS A VERY STRONG LOW PRESSURE MOVES NORTHEASTWARD JUST OFFSHORE. THIS HAS POTENTIAL TO BRING VERY DAMAGING WINDS TO THE COASTAL AREAS BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON…AND POSSIBLY TO INLAND AREAS.

DETAILS STILL IN FLUX BUT TAKE TIME NOW TO PREPARE FOR DISRUPTIONS IN TRAFFIC AND POWER GRIDS. …HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT THIS EVENING FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND CENTRAL COAST OF OREGON… …HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND CENTRAL COAST OF OREGON … THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

* WINDS RAPIDLY INCREASING THIS AFTERNOON ON THE OREGON CENTRAL COAST…SPREADING NORTH THROUGH REST OF THE DAY.

* COASTAL HEADLANDS AND OPEN BEACHES: SOUTH WINDS 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS 65 TO 75 MPH. MORE EXPOSED LOCATIONS SUCH AS SEA LION CAVES AND CAPE MEARES COULD EXPERIENCE GUSTS AROUND 80 MPH.

* COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND SHELTERED AREAS: SOUTH WINDS 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS 55 TO 65 MPH.

* TIMING OF PEAK WINDS: BETWEEN 5 PM AND 9 PM.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ALL COASTAL AREAS.

* IMPACTS: SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POSSIBLE TREES. TREE DEBRIS ON ROADS MAY HINDER TRAVEL. HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD AVOID TRAVEL LATE IN THE AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING.

* OUTLOOK FOR SATURDAY: STRONG DAMAGING WINDS ARE LIKELY SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…WITH GUSTS 75 TO 90 MPH. STRONGEST WINDS WOULD BE ON EXPOSED HEADLANDS. THESE WINDS WILL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO BUILDING A DEADLY AND DANGEROUS SURF ZONE. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE ON THE BEACHES OR ROCKS.

* AFFECTED AREAS: CENTRAL OREGON COAST … NORTH OREGON COAST

Instructions:

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.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Tillamook County Emergency Management
5995 Long Prairie Road
Tillamook, OR 97141

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 503-842-3412








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