High wind warning for the coast Tuesday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday and continuing through the day. It’s supposed to hit coastal communities hardest, with gusts of up to 60 mph possible north of Grays Harbor and 70 mph at some beaches in Pacific County.

The warning continues through 4 in the afternoon Tuesday.

Steady southerly winds from 30 to 40 mph are predicted for Ocean Shores, Copalis and Pacific Beach as well as La Push along the north and central coast.

For Pacific County, Weather Service in Portland predicted south winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60. Beaches and headland areas of Pacific County could see gusts to 70.

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. 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. Power outages are possible.

The Weather Service says the wind likely will blow down trees and power lines and make travel difficult for vehicles that have a tall profile.

A message from Grays Harbor Emergency Management officials reminds people remain in the lower levels of

their home during the windstorm, and avoid windows.