LONG BEACH — Significant rainfall is looking increasingly possible beginning late Thursday on the south Washington and far north Oregon coast, slowly moving southward through northwest Oregon through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

The heaviest rain is expected north of the Columbia River in the Willapa Hills and along the south Washington coast, and along the north Oregon coast and in the north Oregon Coast Range. Multiple inches of rain are possible in this area, as well as significant rises on local rivers and possibly even localized flooding.

In addition, a gale watch remains in effect from Tuesday evening through late Tuesday night. There is expected to be a south to southwest wind increasing to 20 to 25 knots with gusts 30 to 35 knots late Tuesday evening. Forecasters look for the wind to become west to northwest late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, decreasing to 15 to 20 knots by late Wednesday morning.

Seas will build to 10 to 12 feet late Tuesday, then increase to around 13 to 15 feet on Wednesday.

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