Pacific county High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to 9:00 p.m. this evening.

An unseasonably strong low pressure system will move northeast to Vancouver Island this afternoon and tonight bringing strong winds to the coast late this morning through this evening. South winds of 40 mph with gusts to around 60 mph are expected. Gusts to 70 mph are possible at exposed headlands and beaches.

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.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Pacific County Update on Thursday Storm

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) office was advised by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland that the Willapa River will exceed flood stage at approximately 7:00 p.m. and is forecasted to crest at 22’ around 10:00 p.m. this evening.
 
Heckard Road is currently closed due to water over the road.  Residents are cautioned to watch for water over roadways and other road closures through the night.  Please observe all road closures and refrain from driving through flood waters. 
 
The NWS has issued the following for the south Washington coast: 
 
·         A flood warning is in effect through Friday morning
·         A high wind warning remains in effect until midnight tonight
·         A high surf advisory remains in effect until 4:00 a.m. Friday
·         A coastal flood advisory for tidal overflow remains in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening
 
For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland.  This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

High Wind Warning Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind watch which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. 

The first in a series of storms will begin to affect the south Washington and north Oregon coasts on Wednesday afternoon.  South winds of 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph will begin to affect the coast by mid-afternoon.  Winds will then increase to 30-40 mph with gusts to 70 mph in the evening.  Winds will be strongest along the beaches and headlands.  Winds will decrease around midnight tomorrow night.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency does not typically issue statements upon receipt of a high wind watch but given the recent storm believes that more information is better.

High Surf and Coastal Flood Advisories Now in Effect

South Bend, Washington – A high surf advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) and is in effect until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for the south Washington Coast.  A strong Pacific storm will generate large seas and high winds through early Tuesday.  Astronomical tides will be near their monthly maximum due to the new moon.  Storm surge associated with the large developing offshore low pressure system will likely be in the one to three foot range tonight and Tuesday.  Locally, heavy rain from the Willapa Hills will be channeling into Willapa Bay further raising the level in the bay.
 
During the storm, large seas will make for dangerous beach conditions with waves pummeling the surf zone which will only be exacerbated by the prominence of the enhanced lunar tidal cycle.

NWS Issues High Wind Warning for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service, Portland Office notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency of a high wind warning effective until noon today for the headlands of the south Washington coast. 
 
A brief period of strong winds 30 to 40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph are expected ahead of a strong Pacific cold front.  The winds are expected to decrease by noon once the cold front moves onshore. 
 
A high wind warning means that a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring.  Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage and residents are encouraged to be personally prepared for exacerbating events such as possible power outages or tree fall.

High Surf Warning Through Saturday

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency this morning that a high surf warning is in effect until 4 pm PST Saturday.

Large swell generated by a storm in the Gulf of Alaska will build today and continue through Saturday, bringing dangerous surf conditions to the coast. The largest seas are expected to arrive this afternoon when 25 to 30 foot swell will begin to impact the coast. These waves will be very energetic as they move in the surf zone, pummeling the coast with large breakers as they move onshore. Heavy debris, such as logs, will be thrown around by the large waves making the surf zone especially hazardous.

Excessive Heat Warning Cancelled for Coast and Willipa Hills

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has cancelled the excessive heat warning for the areas of the coast and the Willapa Hills.   An increase in onshore flow has caused temperatures to fall this morning to levels about 10 degrees cooler than Wednesday morning across most of the coast range.  The enhanced marine influence will help hold temperatures down somewhat today, with high temperatures in the area expected to be generally in the 80s and lower 90s.  While these temperatures are still above normal they represent a significant drop from the triple digit heat of the past couple days. 

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland.  This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Pacific County EMA Warns: The Heat Wave Continues

The National Weather Service (NWS) excessive heat warning remains in effect until 10 pm PDT Thursday.  Today is expected to be another hot day with temperatures in the 105 to 110 degree range for the lowland.  The coast range and cascades will also be hot with temperatures reaching 95 to 105 degrees.  The weather will be less hot on Thursday, however, maximum temperatures will still be near 100 degrees.

The South Bend City Hall will be acting as a cooling station during this excessive heat.  If you need to cool off you're welcome to stop by during business hours between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm.  They also have cold drinking water available.

If you are aware of any other cooling station locations in the county, please contact Denise Rowlett, Deputy Director for the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency

PO Box 101, South Bend, WA 98586

360-875-9338 Office

www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema