South winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts 75 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. Coastal communities and the Willapa Hills will see winds from the south at 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph. Winds will increase Wednesday afternoon and continue overnight into Thursday morning. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Expect tree damage and power interruptions. Travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.
A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Headland areas and beaches are vulnerable to very strong wind gusts that may pose a safety hazard for individuals. Extreme caution should be taken by clam diggers and others using the beaches. Never turn your back to the ocean. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning.
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