Flood Watch issued for Western Washington

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Flood Watch to include portions of Western Washington including Grays Harbor County from late tonight through Wednesday afternoon.

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Coastal Flood Watch & High Wind Watch issued for Western Washington

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

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Strong weather expected Sunday into Monday on the harbor

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays  Harbor county Emergency Management Agency is warning citizens to be prepared for very severe weather, expected to impact Grays Harbor this afternoon through Monday morning

1)  HEAVY RAINFALL is expected this afternoon and evening. Heavy downpours expected.
 
2)  AWIND ADVISORY has been issued for areas East of Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County from 6pm Sunday through Monday morning.  Strong South winds are forecast to be20-35mph sustained with gusts to 55mph.
 
3)  AHIGH WIND WARNING is in effect from 3pm today through 5am Monday  for all coastal areas in Grays Harbor County including Aberdeen and Hoquiam.Strongsustained South winds are expected to be 20-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph, possibly reaching 65mph along the beaches.The forecast time of greatest impact will be between 5-10pm with another burst around midnight
 
ALERT 1 - High Surf Warning

A HIGH SURF WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:00AM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event Start: Sunday, September 29, 2013 5:00 PM PDT

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:00 AM PDT

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ALERT 2 - Areal Flood Watch

AN AREAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12:00PM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Areal Flooding

Flood Begin: In Progress

Cause: Excessive Rainfall

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ALERT 3 - High Wind Warning

A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5:00AM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event Start: Sunday, September 29, 2013 3:00 PM PDT

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:00 AM PDT

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Flood Watch remains, heavy rains moving East of the Olympics

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Flood Watch remains in effect through this afternoon for portions of Western Washington including Grays Harbor, Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties.

 
Significant rainfall is expected especially east of the Olympics. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall today, with higher amounts in the central cascades.
 
Excessive rainfall could lead to urban and small stream flooding. National Weather Service Hydrologist Brent Bower tells us "Because the rainfall amounts could come in very short periods of time. So you might see street flooding, around homes, low lying areas, that type of thing." Intense rainfall with thunderstorms could result in flash flooding and overwhelm storm drains, leading to flooded roads. mud or rock slides are also possible in steep mountainous terrain.
Significant rises can be expected on area rivers but flooding is unlikely.
 
Stay out of the ditches in Olympia, the national weather service also has an Urban and small stream flood advisory in effect for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in Eastern Thurston, Lewis, and Pierce counties until 8:45 this morning.

Flood Watch issued for Grays Harbor, heavy rain expected Thursday and Friday

MONTESANO, Wash. - The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a FLOOD WATCH for much of Western Washington, including Grays Harbor County from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.


Significant rainfall is anticipated Thursday afternoon through Friday, with the heaviest rainfall expected from the Olympic range eastward. Potentially 1 to 2 inches of rain, with local amounts up to 4 Inches in the Cascades, could fall during this period. In addition, thunderstorms on Thursday could produce rain rates of an inch in one hour or less.


The potentially excessive rainfall could lead to Urban and Small Stream Flooding. A short period of intense rainfall on Thursday could cause Flash Flooding and overwhelm storm drains, leading to flooded roads. Mud or Rock Slides are also possible in steep mountainous terrain.

Expect significant rises on area rivers but flooding is unlikely.


   A FLOOD WATCH means conditions are favorable for flooding but flooding is NOT imminent or occurring. Monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service and be ready to act quickly if flooding is observed or a warning is issued.

Tsunami Advisory Lifted for Washington Coast, Flood Watch Extended for Chehalis

The Tsunami Advisory has been lifted for the Washington, BC, and Northern Oregon Coasts. An Advisory remains in effect for the Southern Oregon and California Coast as of 7 pm.

 

Chuck Wallace with the Emergency Management Agency reminds Grays Harbor and Thurston County residents that a flood watch remains in effect for the Chehalis River until 4am Saturday. They do not expect the river to crest much over flood stage of 21 feet.

Flood Watch Issued Through Weekend

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a FLOOD WATCH  for areas including Grays Harbor County beginning this morning through Sunday. The current forecast for this weekend is extremely wet with periods of heavy rainfall occurring due to a series of fast moving wet and warm weather systems. Coastal areas could see high wind gusts reaching 45-49 mph today. Each system will produce 1-3” of rainfall in the mountains. Many of the rivers are flowing higher than normal at this time and could present a flooding issue as the rainfall continues.

 

The Chehalis River -  is forecast to reach  flood stage at Porter sometime close to 10am Saturday morning. Flood Stage is 21 feet and the river is forecast to reach 21.1 feet. The impact will be minor area flooding on low pasture lands and roads.

 

No other rivers are predicted to reach flood stage at this time. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will continue to monitor all of the area rivers throughout the weekend.  

 

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING BUT

FLOODING IS NOT IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. MONITOR THE LATEST

FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND BE READY TO ACT

QUICKLY IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED.

 

High Wind Watch, High Surf Advisory, and Flood Watch for Grays Harbor

   A High Wind Watch has been issued for the Washington Coast beginning at 4pm this evening and lasting through late tonight. Sustained South//Southeast winds could be close to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Peak winds are projected to be between 6pm and midnight.
   A Flood Watch is in effect for Grays Harbor County from Noon today until Wednesday Afternoon. There is 3-6 inches of rainfall projected for the mountain areas which impact our rivers. At this time, NO RIVERS are projected to reach flood levels although some low lying roads may see some water accumulation due to the rainfall. There is a moderately high swell in the ocean with 15-18 foot swells which impacts drainage of the coastal rivers. The swell is projected to remain high for the next few days. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is monitoring the situation.

Warning, Watch, and Advisory, Rundown for Grays Harbor

These Warnings  are in effect for Grays Harbor County -   Flood Watch for the Chehalis & Satsop , a High Surf Advisory and a High Wind Warning will be in effect until Midnight.
 
The Moclips River is over Rt 109/Moclips Hwy at this time!
 
1)    The Satsop River will return to flood level @ 10pm Thurs night (34 feet) It is expected to crest at 35.39 feet @ 4am Friday. Minimal flooding is forecasted.
2)    The Chehalis River will reach flood level (21 feet) @ 4pm Friday and is expected to crest at 21.53 feet at 4am on Saturday.
3)    The Wynoochee River is not an issue at this time.
4)    Be aware of minor flooding issues with water over some roadways.
5)    There is a HIGH SURF ADVISORY in effect. Seas are expected to reach 20-25 feet which will bring dangerous surf conditions at the beaches including erosion and longer surf runs. Be extremely aware of the waves! DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA!
6)    Grays Harbor County Public Works Road Crews are working to open roads that were closed due to fallen trees and water over the road.  They will be monitoring all roads during the upcoming weather event.

Warning, Watch, and Advisory, Rundown for Grays Harbor

These Warnings  are in effect for Grays Harbor County -   Flood Watch for the Chehalis , a High Surf Advisory and a High Wind Warning will be in effect from 1pm until 1am Thurs morning.
 
1)    The Satsop River is currently at bank level and receding, but will return to bank level @ 4am Thurs. It is NOT expected to reach flood stage at this point.
2)    The Chehalis River is at Bank level at 19.5 feet. It will reach flood stage (21 feet) @ 10am Friday. We’re monitoring the situation but forecasts predict 21.69 crest level at this time. Residents were warned via the Telephonic Warning System yesterday by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management.
3)    The Wynoochee River has no issues at this point.
4)    Be aware of minor flooding issues with water over some roadways.
5)    There is a HIGH SURF ADVISORY in effect. Seas are expected to reach 20-25 feet which will bring dangerous surf conditions at the beaches including erosion and longer surf runs. Be extremely aware of the waves! DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA!
6)    The PUD states that there are currently a few residents without power. They are working hard to try to restore power this morning.
7)    Grays Harbor Public Works Road Crews are working to open roads that were closed due to fallen trees and water over the road.  They are monitoring all roads for rising flood waters.