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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Wind Advisory in effect for Olympic Penninsula

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for a large portion of the Olympic Penninsula effective at 3 this morning until 8 Thursday night. Strong Southerly winds are expected at 20 To 30 MPH with local gusts possible around 45 MPH.

ALERT 1 - Wind Advisory


Event Start: Thursday, November 07, 2013 3:00 AM PST

Event End: Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:00 PM PST


High Wind Warning Saturday for South Washington Coast

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. South winds will increase late tonight to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph becoming northwest on Saturday afternoon.


Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:


A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.


Please visit the NWS website at for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Watch, Warning, or Advisory? What do they mean?

NOAA's National Weather Service uses a four-tier approach to alert the public for the potential for severe weather or high fire danger. This four-tier approach consists of  outlooks,  advisorieswatches  and  warnings.

1) Winter Storm Outlook... 
winter storm outlook is issued when conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather to develop within the next 3 to 7 days. It is intended for those groups that require considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

ACTION: Stay tuned to local media or monitor NOAA Weather Radio for updates. Evaluate your emergency action plan and the resources you have in your home, car or work place to deal with a winter storm.

2) Winter Storm Watch... 
winter storm watch is issued when the risk of hazardous winter weather has increased, but occurrence, location and timing is still somewhat uncertain. Generally, a watch is issued when there is a significant threat of severe winter weather in the next 12 to 48 hours.

ACTION: You should prepare now and ensure that all emergency plans and resources are in place. 
Note: Winter Storm Watches may be upgraded to Winter Storm Warnings, if conditions warrant.

3) Winter Weather Advisory... 
Winter weather advisories are issued for less serious winter weather conditions that are occurring, or have a high likelihood of occurring. These products are used for winter weather situations that are less severe than a Warning, but will cause significant inconvenience. These situations should not be life threatening, damage is usually localized and the main danger is hazardous travel. 
Note: This advisory may be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning if conditions warrant.

Will the government shutdown affect disaster response in Grays Harbor?

MONTESANO, Wash. - Since the federal government has shutdown for an unspecified amount of time, Deputy Director of the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency Chuck Wallace answers the question "what are the impacts to local communities should a disaster occur during the shutdown?"


The Good


  •   The Department of Homeland Security will continue to operate as 80% of the staff is deemed essential. The agencies under Homeland Security are the TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, Coast Guard, FEMA and immigration Customs Enforcement. Many personnel are considered essential who work on intelligence and cyber security. Still a 20% reduction in staffing will cause delays to response.


  •  According to the National Weather Service, the government shutdown will not cause any changes to the way they operate on a daily basis. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center will change its name today, to the National Tsunami Warning Center and will continue to deliver all information it normally does. The only changes that will occur will be that National Weather Service and NOAA off site training and visitations will be halted until a resolution is made by congress.


  • Washington State Emergency Management Division will continue to operate as usual with no changes in service.


  • All local, tribal and county emergency preparedness services will continue without interruption.

Record setting rainfall across Western Washington

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Saturday's rain set records across Western Washington, from Olympia to Bellingham. And the National Weather Service says the rain isn't over yet.

Record rainfall of 1.71 inches was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday. The weather service says that is more than double the old record of 0.83 of an inch set in 1948.

A record rainfall of 2.93 inches was set in Olympia, breaking the old record of 0.82 set in 1971.

A record was also set at the Hoquiam airport, where 1.78 inches fell on Saturday. The old record of just over an inch was set in 1962.

Another record was set at the Quillayute airport, with 1.93 inches of rain. That broke the previous record of 1.32 set in 1971.

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


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

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

ALERT 2 - Areal Flood Watch


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

Location: Areal Flooding

Flood Begin: In Progress

Cause: Excessive Rainfall

ALERT 3 - High Wind Warning


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

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


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.

Weather Prediction Class Tonight

Want to know more about the weather and weather forecasts? How do forecasters do it? How do they read those forecast charts? What do they mean and how can I use them too?

Two National Weather Service Seattle forecasters will provide those answers and more at a special Coastal Marine Weather Presentation at Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building, room 2250 on Thursday May 24th starting at 6 PM.

Add this event to your google calendar

This is your chance to learn more from Jay Albrecht - Lead Forecaster, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, both from the Seattle Forecast Office. On-line NWS web site demos will also be available and they can address questions you have always wanted to ask a meteorologist. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

To register, contact Chuck Wallace at Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at or

360-249-3911. Register now! Space is limited!!

What: Coastal Marine Weather Presentation

When: Thursday, May 24th, 6 PM

Where: Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building in Room 2250.

Who: Jay Albrecht, Lead Forecaster and Marine Program Manager, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Seattle