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High Wind Warning Issued for Oregon Coast

Winds Thursday in the Salem-area could reach 45 MPH by the afternoon.

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(SALEM, Ore. ) - The National Weather Service says a High Wind Warning is now in effect until 5:00 PM Thursday for the north and central Oregon Coast.

A strong pacific low pressure system will bring strong winds to the north and central Oregon Coast late tonight and into Thursday. South winds will increase to 35 to 45 MPH -- with peak wind gusts of up to 65 MPH are possible in coastal communities -- and 80 MPH along the headlands and beaches. The winds will decrease late in the afternoon as the low pressure system moves away.

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or is occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 MPH or gusts of 58 MPH or more can lead to property damage.

Weather forecast for Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley:

TONIGHT: CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE EVENING -- THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS AROUND 45. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THURSDAY: RAIN IN THE MORNING -- THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDY. HIGHS AROUND 60. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH BY THE AFTERNOON.

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