The Portland Office of the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for gusts to 70 mph near southwest coastal beaches and headlands that is in effect until noon today.
A high wind watch will remain in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.
South winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 70 mph this morning and early afternoon are forecast at beaches and headlands with south winds of 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the coastal communities.
Winds will decrease later this afternoon as a cold front passes. South wind is expected to increase again mid Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon reaching speeds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph at headlands and beaches and south wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph at coastal communities.
A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland <http://www.weather.gov/portland> . This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.