ILWACO - A storm is headed our way tonight and Wednesday, and is expected to bring heavy winds and rain along with turbulent seas from Cape Lookout to Point Saint George.

Because if its arrival late in the year, this storm has the potential to bring unusually strong winds to the coast, according to Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Studies at the University of Washington.

Mass is calling it a "serious storm event" on his blog dedicated to weather in the Pacific Northwest.

"It will not be the equal of the mega events (Dec 3-4, 2007, Inauguration Day Storm), but will be one of the strongest storms this year," Mass said.

The National Weather Service is forecasting wind and rain to begin tonight, with winds increasing to 35 to 50 knots Wednesday. Seas will build up to to 22-foot waves. The wind will continue to be heavy Wednesday night, and should begin to slow Thursday.

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