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 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.

 

State Emergency Management begins flood damage assessment process

Camp Murray, WA -- The State Emergency Management Division (EMD) today began working with local emergency management officials to assess the damages to homeowners, renters and businesses from the December 11 to 13 floods. Individuals and families impacted by storm damage should immediately take the following steps:

  • Call your insurance agent to check on your coverage;
  • Keep detailed records of all clean-up and repair costs, including photographs.

 

Individuals and businesses with damages should submit their information to their local county emergency management office. Each county will then forward the captured information to the state emergency management division. For information on how to contact your local emergency management office, refer to - http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/myn_contact_info.shtml.

Insurance Commissioner warns companies not to use “governmental action” exclusion to deny claims related to the Howard Hanson Dam

Olympia, Wash. — In response to concerns raised by some insurance brokers, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is telling insurers not to use a common policy exclusion for “governmental actions” to deny claims if water releases from the Howard Hanson Dam flood parts of the Green River Valley.
“I strongly urge all companies to refrain from taking such a position,” Kreidler said in a letter sent to about 200 commercial insurers.
In this case, he said, such language doesn’t apply.
Many insurers use standardized policy language from the Insurance Service Organization. Such policies typically exclude “seizure or destruction of property by order of governmental authority.”
In the Green River Valley situation, the Army Corps of Engineers has said that it may have to release more water than usual from the Howard Hanson Dam, due to structural weaknesses discovered in the earthen dam. After heavy rains, the water released from the dam could cause flooding in the valley below the dam.