LONG BEACH — Although no one is now comparing today’s likely conditions to the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, there’s still a very intense blow ahead.
There is a warning for hurricane-force winds off the Pacific County coast, plus a high-wind warning onshore.
Thirty-foot breaking waves onshore early this afternoon will combine with a 13-foot tide at 1 p.m. to flood low-lying beach areas. Be hyper-cautious if you are near the beach.
The best idea today is to stay home. It should be mostly over by midnight, with peak gusts in Pacific County in the mid-to-late afternoon.
There will also be plenty of rain, adding to the 5 inches recorded by the Washington State University Pioneer Road research station Between Wednesday and Friday. (Six inches at the 642weather station in Long Beach.)