Central Oregon Coast Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

High Wind Watch
Statement as of 6:34 PM PST on December 17, 2014

...High wind watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening near beaches and headlands for the north and central Oregon coast...

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind watch near beaches and headlands...which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening.

* Winds: south winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph near beaches and headlands. Winds will be lighter in the coastal communities...south 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

* Timing: a short burst of strong winds will likely occur sometime Thursday afternoon or evening...lasting two to four hours.

* Locations include: Clatsop Spit...Garibaldi...Barview jetty... Cape Meares...Cape Foulweather...Yaquina bridge in Newport...

* impacts: exposed sections of Highway 101 will likely experience strong winds. Drivers of high profile vehicles traveling coastal routes should be prepared for strong gusts. Strong winds will also likely affect CAPES and jetties...making them hazardous.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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.


Special Statement
Statement as of 2:35 PM PST on December 17, 2014

...Potential for flooding Saturday night through Monday for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington rivers...

A storm system developing over the Pacific is expected to bring heavy rain to the Pacific northwest Saturday evening through Sunday. As of now...it looks like the heaviest rain will be in the north Oregon Coast Range and the north Oregon and South Washington Cascades...but this forecast is uncertain. Meteorologists will be keeping a close eye on the development of this storm. This is a classic atmospheric river event that could produce some areas of very heavy rain.

Rainfall amounts are currently projected as 5 to 8 inches for the coast...Coast Range and Cascades...with 2 to 5 inches for valley locations. Snow levels will be high...well above pass level...for most of this event. If we get these amounts of rain or more... there will likely be flooding on area rivers and creeks Saturday night through Monday.

Stay up to date with the latest NWS forecasts at weather.Gov/Portland or Mobile.Weather.Gov.