The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning, which will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, until 5:00 p.m. Friday evening, on the Washington coast, and 8:00 p.m. in the Willapa Hills. South winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 70 mph are forecast for the coast. The Willapa Hills may see winds of 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Winds will increase Friday morning into the afternoon. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions.
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 anyone 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.
Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.