Grays Harbor Emergency Management is urging all residents be prepared for possible power outages due to downed tree limbs and power lines during two significant weather events approaching Friday and Saturday night. Please DO NOT venture near downed tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT operate a portable generator indoors or near open windows or doors. Use extreme caution while driving since heavy rain will be associated with the storms. Roadway flooding could occur making driving extremely hazardous.
*** Coastal Flood Watch ***
The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued a Coastal Flood Watch, Which is in effect from Saturday Afternoon Through Late Saturday Night.
* Waves, Large Swell of 26 to 29 Feet are Forecast to reach the coast Saturday night. The Largest Waves will Arrive Between 4 Pm
Saturday and 4am Sunday.
* Impacts, Waves of this size Can Overtop Levees and Cause Local Flooding Problems. The towns of Ocean Shores and Westport Are most at risk of Coastal Flooding.
* Time and Height of High Tide, the Largest Waves are Forecast to Arrive During a Period or Relatively Low Tides. The Highest High Tides are Predicted to Occur at Westport at 853am Saturday And 944am Sunday, and the High Tides are Predicted to be around 9 Feet. However During the Time of Big Waves the Tides Are Forecast to be 7 Feet or Lower. Sea Level Pressure will Be Rising During this Period and the Tidal Anomaly is Forecast to be Minimal. The Upshot is That Tides will Not Contribute Much to Any Coastal Flooding, the Main effect will be from the Giant Waves Themselves.
A Coastal Flood Watch Means Flooding or Beach Erosion will Occur if Weather Conditions Develop As Predicted. Residents and Local Officials Should Monitor the Situation Closely and be Prepared to Take Appropriate Action if a Warning is Issued.
*** High Wind Watch ***
The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued a High Wind Watch, Which is in effect from Friday Evening Through Saturday Afternoon.
* Some Affected Locations, the North and Central Washington Coast Including Westport, Ocean Shores, La Push and Neah Bay.
* Timing, a Strong Frontal System will Move Through the Coast Friday Night and a Strong Low Pressure Trough will Move Through the Coast on Saturday.
* Wind, South Wind 20 to 40 MPH with Gusts to 50 MPH Friday Night will Turn to Westerly Saturday Afternoon. There is a Chance Of Strong damaging winds.
* Impacts, Downed Trees and Power Outages are Possible.