LONG BEACH — The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning in effect through 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.
South winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60-65 mph are forecast on the beaches and headlands. Winds are not expected to be as strong in the coastal communities. Winds are expected to increase this evening with the strongest winds expected Monday evening into early Tuesday morning. Winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause isolated power interruptions.
A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Headland areas and beaches are vulnerable to very strong wind gusts that may pose a safety hazard for individuals. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning. Isolated power outages are possible.
A gale warning is in effect for the neighboring Pacific Ocean with gusts to 45 knots. Seas are in the mid-teens this afternoon, then building and peaking around 19-21 feet tonight. Seas will gradually subside during the day Tuesday.
There will be extremely high surf on area beaches: 11 to 15 feet Monday, and 19 to 24 feet Tuesday, according to the weather service.