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
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.
“The assessment will try to determine the extent of uninsured losses from the storms and flooding so EMD can recommend to Gov. Chris Gregoire what additional aid could be sought for storm and flood survivors,” said Jim Mullen, EMD Director. “We plan to complete the assessment as quickly as possible in order to make a recommendation to the governor.”
Heavy rainfall between Dec, 11 and 13 caused rivers across Western Washington to crest at or above flood stage. In some counties, rivers are continuing to rise. Several county emergency operations centers remain activated. Snohomish, Pierce and Skagit counties have proclaimed emergencies.
“I do not believe that a government order to release water to protect the dam constitutes the type of `destruction of property by order of governmental authority’” included in many insurers’ commercial flood policies, Kreidler said.
For one thing, he said, the key cause of such flooding would be the heavy rainfall. Also, the government would be ordering the release of more water, rather than ordering the “seizure or destruction” of particular property.
Some companies use different policy language. Kreidler is asking those companies to contact his office immediately to discuss the policy language and how it would be applied to this situation.
He’s also asking all companies to reassure customers about their coverage.
“People buy insurance to protect their families and businesses from exactly this kind of risk,” said Kreidler. “The people who live and work there need to know that their insurance companies stand behind them.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no such exclusion in policies from the National Flood Insurance Program, which is the first stop for most homeowners and businesses seeking flood coverage. But since the NFIP covers a maximum of $500,000 for a building and $500,000 for contents, many businesses below the Howard Hanson Dam have been seeking additional coverage from private insurance companies.