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High Wind Watch Thursday 1/3

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The National Weather Service has issued a High wind watch for Thursday morning through late Thursday night

Difference between High Wind Watch and Warning

High Wind Watch

A High Wind Watch is issued when the following conditions are possible:

1) sustained winds of 40 mph or higher for one hour or more

OR

2) wind gusts of 58 mph or higher for any duration.

High Wind Warning

A High Wind Warning is issued when the following conditions are expected:

1) sustained winds of 40 mph or higher for one hour or more

OR

2) wind gusts of 58 mph or higher for any duration.

Weather Statement

HIGH WIND WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

* WIND...Southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. There may be periods where winds reach 40 mph with gusts to around 60 mph with the best chances for high wind Thursday afternoon.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...La Push, Hoquiam, Westport, and Ocean Shores.

* TIMING...A prolonged period of windy conditions will develop tonight and continue through Thursday night or Friday. While it appears that the strongest winds will occur for a few hours on Thursday, there is some uncertainty concerning their timing.

* IMPACTS...Winds of this strength could result in downed trees and power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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