High wind in forecast for Oregon Coast, south Willamette Valley into Thursday afternoon

Strong winds slam the Oregon coast in Lincoln City on March 8, 2018. KATU photo

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EUGENE, Ore. - Hang on!

Forecasts call for high winds to batter the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley into Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning until 3 p.m. for Florence and the Oregon Coast.

"A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and possibly damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area," forecasters said.

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The forecast calls for south winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph in the morning, subsiding to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph in the early afternoon.

Peak winds are expected through 10 a.m.

"Damaging winds could damage trees and power lines," forecasters said. "Local power outages are possible. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles across coastal bridges."

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. Thursday for Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon and the southern Willamette Valley.

"A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 45 and 57 mph," forecasters said. "Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subside."

Winds of 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph are in the forecast through early afternoon.

"Winds of this strength may bring down some tree limbs, and cause minor property damage and isolated power outages," forecasters said.

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