The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for poor drainage areas for Southwestern Grays Harbor County until 5pm. Some locations that will experience flooding include Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Westport, Ocean City Beach, Cosmopolis, Markham, Junction City and Central Park.
The main strength of the storm is impacting the region now. Strong wind gusts will begin to shift from the West which could bring more stress on trees and the potential for broken and downed trees.
At this time there are downed trees from the storm with local and county road crews working quickly to reopen roadways. Many area streams are overflowing and numerous roadways are flooded.
Numerous power outages have been reported and the PUD continues to work diligently to restore power. The Grays Harbor PUD is reminding customers to stay away from downed power lines and immediately call 911 if they see a downed line.
Downed power lines may still be active and pose a danger to anyone near them. If you see a line on the ground, assume that it is still active and immediately call 911 or the PUD Outage Hotline at 360-537-3721 at 1-888-541-5923. DO NOT attempt to move power lines yourself.
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Winds will remain high with coastal areas including Westport, Ocean Shores, Pacific Beach, Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Taholah, seeing sustained winds 25-45mph gusting to 60 mph.
Areas East including Montesano, Humptulips, Elma, McCleary and Oakville will continue to see sustained winds of 25-40 mph gusting to 50 mph.
The High Wind Warning will end at 6pm tonight and winds are forecast to diminish over the early hours this evening.
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY WIND OBSERVATIONS AS OF 2:00pm
Aberdeen – 38mph, Gusts 50mph
Elma – 29mph, Gusts 42mph
Hoquiam – 41mph, Gusts 53mph
Humptulips – 35mph, Gusts 45mph
Montesano – 33mph, Gusts 46mph
Oakville – 22mph, Gusts 32mph
Ocean Shores – 50mph, Gusts 60mph
Pacific Beach – 39mph, Gusts 47mph
Taholah – 33mph, Gusts 40mph
Westport – 49mph, Gusts 58mph