The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for portions of the North Coast through this afternoon. Winds are expected to reach 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph near beaches and headlands.

A series of strong weather systems is expected to bring high winds and heavy rainfall to the north Oregon Coast over the next few days.

According to the weather service, along with the wind will come heavy rainfall that could total four to eight inches between Monday night and Wednesday night and cause a rapid rise in some rivers.

The rain will coincide with extremely high tides around midday on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which could cause minor tidal flooding in bays and along the coast, especially on Wednesday and Thursday.

The storm systems are also predicted to bring heavy seas, with ocean swells of 18 to 20 feet. Conditions are also expected to be rough on the Columbia River Bar, where swells may reach 20 to 22 feet with breaking waves on Wednesday.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office reminds people to take the following precautions:

? check the batteries in flashlights and radios;

? take care when driving on roads with standing water;

? be careful on beaches, where heavy surf can create dangers;

? watch for flying debris and falling tree limbs from high winds.

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