LONG BEACH - A high-wind watch was in effect from Tuesday evening through early Wednesday morning for the south Washington and north Oregon coast.

The National Weather Service in Portland said a strong Pacific front would approach the south Washington and north Oregon coastline late Tuesday evening. As it does so, southerly winds will increase significantly. At this point it appears that the period of strongest winds will be between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Current model forecasts show the potential for wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph during this time frame, mainly along the beaches and headlands.

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.

In addition, the weather service predicts more rough weather later this week. A powerful frontal system has a good potential to bring strong winds to the coast Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.

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