LONG BEACH - A high-wind warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 2 a.m. Thursday, with gusts expected to top 70 mph this evening.

This warning for the south Washington and North Oregon shores is in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to midnight Thursday night. Expect south winds of 35 to 45 mph with some gusts exceeding 70 mph mainly along beaches and headlands.

The strong winds will develop late this afternoon and decrease late this evening with the strongest winds over a two-hour period associated with the front. The timing of the frontal passage currently looks to be around 5 to 8 p.m., according to the weather service.

Offshore, a gale warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, changing over to a storm warning from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Mariners should expect south winds south winds of 20 to 30 kt with gusts of 35 to 40 kt Thursday morning and early afternoon, increasing to 35 to 45 kt with gusts 50 to 55 kt later in the afternoon and through the evening.

Combined seas of 10 to 15 ft Thursday morning will build to 15 to 20 ft later this afternoon and evening.

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