South Bend, Washington – A series of low pressure systems will arrive on the Pacific County coast between Sunday evening and Tuesday. A High Wind Warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Pacific County for later Sunday night and early Monday with additional rounds Monday and Tuesday. Later Sunday evening south winds will strengthen to 25 – 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph on the open beaches and headlands. Late Sunday night winds will increase with gusts between 50 – 60 mph, lasting through Monday morning. Gusts of 65 – 80 are expected on the open beaches and headlands Monday morning. The strongest winds will strike the coast on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. A very deep low pressure system will develop late Monday and pass offshore of the coast Monday night as the system moves towards British Columbia. Expect south winds to increase on Monday evening with sustained winds of 40 – 50 mph with gust of 65 – 80 mph. Open beaches and headland gust may reach as high as 85 – 95 mph. Winds are expected to ease early Tuesday. One to three inches of rain is expected with this series of wind storms. These events will however, arrive along with some of the highest tides of the month. Due to the low pressure and wind, the tidal anomaly is expected to reach as high as three feet. Downtown Raymond businesses and residents are urged to prepare for flooding during high tides. All Pacific County residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages by checking flashlights, batteries, firewood, and generators. Plan to stay indoors and away from potential hazards such as trees and power lines.
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