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.

The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports  heavy rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches are possible tonight into early Wednesday along the Southwestern and Western Olympics. This amount of rainfall could cause the Quinault, Clearwater, Bogachiel, Hoh, and other rivers flowing off the Olympics to flood late tonight Into Wednesday.

A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but flooding is NOT imminent or occurring.

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 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
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* 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.

Precautionary/preparedness Actions

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.

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*** 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.

Strong weather expected Sunday into Monday on the harbor

 
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS DAMAGING WINDS ARE OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER ARE LIKELY OR OCCURRING.
 
4)  A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Grays Harbor County until Monday morning, due to the heavy rainfall. Western Washington Rivers are expected to rise to near or just above flood stage although all Grays Harbor County rivers are very low at this point. No Grays Harbor County rivers are expected to flood at this time. Roadways may become flooded during periods of heavy rain and cause dangerous driving conditions.
 
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.
 
5)  A HIGH SURF WARNING has been issued for the Coast from 5pm Sunday thru 11am Monday with surf building to 27-30 feet.Seas will rapidly build behind the storm front and subside Monday morning.
 
A HIGH SURF WARNING MEANS THAT DANGEROUSLY HIGH SURF WILL BATTER BEACHES IN THE WARNED AREA... PRODUCING DEADLY RIP CURRENTS AND SOME BEACH EROSION.
 
6)  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all residents to prepare for the severe weather arriving today:
1)    Prepare for high winds and the possibility of down trees and power lines resulting in power outages throughout the county. 
2)    Use extreme caution while driving in heavy downpours as roadways may become flooded. 
3)    Use caution along the beaches. DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. Waves will run up the beaches much farther and be strong enough to pull a person into the sea. Use extreme caution on rocks and jetties as debris can be thrown about in the surf. Considerable beach erosion will occur. DO NOT venture into the water.
4)    NEVER USE PORTABLE GENERATORS INDOORS. Please make every effort to keep any gas or propane powered equipment far away from the interior of your home due to the possibility of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If you suspect you or any family member may be ill due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning, CALL 911 and LEAVE THE PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY

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

   Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is alerting all who live along the coast to be prepared for possible power outages and falling trees and limbs. Due to the continued rainfall, trees could be more susceptible to the impact of high winds and topple. Be extremely alert when walking around downed power lines and fallen trees.
    Be prepared for power outages by checking your generators, flashlights and by checking your non perishable food and water supply for your family and pets. DO NOT use a portable generator indoors. DO NOT refill liquid  fuel powered (kerosene, etc) portable heating units indoors and remember if using any type of fuel powered portable heating unit,(wood, kerosene, coal) to keep a window open at least ½ to 1 inch to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning are fatigue, nausea & vomiting , lethargy and the possibility that a  person could be difficult  to awaken if sleeping. If you suspect that anyone in your family may have Carbon Monoxide poisoning, LEAVE THE PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY and call 911 from a neighbor’s home!

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.