The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a warning for the North Coast early Monday.

Coastal waters from Cape Shoalwater, Wash., south to Florence may see thunderstorms continuing this morning over the waters. These storms will produce widespread lightning along with brief heavy rain and gusty winds. An unseasonably strong Pacific front is expected to hit late Tuesday and a potentially strong fall-like front appears to be headed for the Pacific Northwest to follow.

If this system continues along its projected path, moderate gale-force winds will occur beginning by late Tuesday afternoon in the outer waters and will spread to the inland waters Tuesday night.

The gale will continue until the early morning hours Wednesday. Seas may reach 14 feet during the peak of the storm Tuesday night, Mariners are urged to monitor marine weather forecasts and conditions closely during the next few days for the latest information.

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