Very intense but relatively brief storm ahead today

A strong storm will bring high winds to the Oregon and south Washington coast and Coast Range, as well as much of the interior. This may result in power outages and trees knocked down. Debris on roads may make travel difficult. At the coast, beaches and headlands expect winds around 40 to 50 mph with gusts 75 to 80 mph. Coastal Communities can expect winds around 25 to 45 mph with gusts 60 to 75 mph. Inland winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts 45 to 60 mph can be expected from Salem and north. A wind advisory is in effect for the South Willamette Valley, with gusts 45 to 55 mph possible. The onset of strongest winds begin at the central Oregon coast midday then spread to the south Washington coast by 2 p.m. Peak winds inland start in the south Willamette Valley around midday and spread north to southwestern Washington by early afternoon. Winds will ease later in the afternoon in the south and early evening in the north.

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.)

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