The National Weather Service has issued a “special weather statement” regarding high winds expected today in the Raymond and Willapa Hills area, as well as other parts of the southern Washington and northern Oregon coast.
The service also issued a high wind advisory for most of Western Washington, effective until 8 p.m. Thursday.
In the Willapa Hills, the westerly winds are expected to bring isolated gusts of up to 60 mph and the possibility of thunderstorms, but widespread damaging winds were not expected. Forecasters said residents should prepare for power outages and noted that the storm system may be similar to last weekend’s storm when the strongest winds occurred several hours after the cold front moved through. The strong westerly winds were expected in late morning Thursday.
The wind advisory for the central and north coast says southerly winds from 20 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 are expected through Thursday evening.