The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in anticipation of south winds increasing Monday night into early morning, with sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of 45 to 55 mph anticipated.
National Weather Service forecasters said they expect the strongest winds will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Some gusts may get up to 60 mph in higher terrain.
Unsecured objects and tree limbs could be blown around, and the NWS urged extra caution while driving, especially high-profile vehicles.
The high winds will affect the central and south Willamette Valley, as well as lower Columbia, the greater Portland metro area and Vancouver, Washington.
Power outages also could occur as a result of the high winds.
Pacific Power said wind will work it’s way north along the coast overnight with high winds likely in the Willamette Valley and the Portland area by Tuesday morning.
The utility urged residents to check on their emergency outage kits, keep mobile devices charged and revisit family storm preparation plans.
Residents should have the following handy in case of power outages:
- Battery-operated radio and clocks
- Extra batteries
- Non-perishable foods
- Manual can opener
- Bottled water