Forecasters warn winds this strong could blow around unsecured objects, tree limbs could be blown down and power outages may result.
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Winds began picking up about 8:30am after the wind direction flipped quickly from northerly to southerly.
Wind gusts above 50mph were reported in the Ferndale area.
Heightened confidence in the forecast led to upgrading High Wind Watch to a Warning.
In addition, King Tides, the highest tides of the year, are forecast to begin this week.
Mountain rains are expected to cause the river to rise significantly over the next few days.
Power outages resulting from downed trees and tree limbs are a possibility.
The river level is currently expected to crest near 17' Thursday.
The alerts provide the opportunity to be prepared ahead of these weather events.