High wind and flood watches issued for the Harbor

The National Weather Service has issued high wind and coastal flood watches for the Harbor beginning Friday evening and running into the weekend.

A high wind watch is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon for the Washington coast. Winds are predicted in the 20 mph to 40 mph range with gusts as high as 50 mph, the Weather Service said in a statement.

On the heels of the high wind watch, a coastal flood watch has been issued for Saturday afternoon through the night. Large swells of 26 to 29 feet are forecast to reach the coast Saturday night, the largest predicted between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday.

“Waves of this size can overtop levees and cause local flooding problems,” the Weather Service warning states. “The towns of Ocean Shores and Westport are most at risk of coastal flooding.”

The largest waves are predicted during relatively low tides, the Weather Service said, adding that tides are likely to not be a contributing factor to potential coastal flooding.


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