Search and Rescue Teams Search for Missing Man in Packwood

PACKWOOD, Wash. - Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and several Search and Rescue teams are searching for a missing 68 year-old Auburn man. The man left Saturday from his residence in Auburn to pick mushrooms. The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the family on Sunday saying he had not returned. The family was unsure where the man was headed and said he could be anywhere between I-90 and Packwood. An attempt to locate was put out for the man, with no success.

Late yesterday afternoon, the vehicle the missing man left in was found on Forest Service Road 4715, approximately five miles northwest of Packwood.

Search and Rescue teams searched for the man for six hours last night. They resumed their search at 0600 hours this morning. Teams from King, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific County assisted Lewis County teams. The teams included ground, 4x4, and K-9 teams. Over 25 members are involved.

Grays Harbor PUD thanks supporters during weekend outages

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Grays Harbor PUD yesterday released a statement thanking ratepayers that were in the dark over the weekend for their hospitality. While crews worked in the heavy rain and winds to restore power to remote areas of North Grays Harbor County, neighbors offered hot coffee, shelter, and even a drift boat in one case. The PUD said they wanted to offer a special thank you to the McCoy family for loaning crews their drift boat to get power lines up across the Humptulips River.

"Our customers are a huge part of what makes your PUD a great place to work!"
 Grays Harbor PUD



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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Emergency Declaration Includes Grays Harbor County, 16 Others

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Chris Gregoire declared an emergency Wednesday for storms that hit Washington in December.

The declaration means state agencies can spend money beyond budget appropriations to offer aid. Emergency Management Division spokesman Rob Harper says the statement also may bring in federal money.

The declaration covers storm damage Dec. 8-18 in Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

Snow, high winds and heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and power outages.