for US Pacific North West Coast
Storms on this coast can easily reach 70-100 knots.
If the weather service predicts:
25 assume 50
40 assume anything
100 knot storms usually occur off the OR/WA coast at
once a winter.
The storms approaching from the south are the most
as they often go higher than predicted.
Monitor the VHF WX channel at least every 3 hours during
Storm season is from September to end of May.
There are few places of safety outside of the obvious
of safe refuge.
Depending on sea state(wave height, direction), there
are a few places to hide behind reefs, large rocks and major headlands
a southerly blow. "Local knowledge" and detail charts are necessary to use
If you are in potential trouble, the weather has turned
bad, don't dawdle. Contact the Coast Guard. Give them your LAT/LONG, then
your situation. In Oregon/Washington the Coast Guard is very service
especially during bad weather. Don't be bashful, call them while things
still under control, not later.
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