The first storm system is progressing through the area and is anticipated to dissipate into the evening hours.  Some rain and gusty winds will continue through the night and into early tomorrow.

The second storm system is predicted to arrive on our coast with impacts including high winds Saturday evening.  The NWS has estimated that we could start seeing impacts from the second storm around 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Significant winds, 30-40 mph with gusts up to 75 mph are likely.  This storm is the remnants of Typhoon Songda from the Western Pacific Ocean.  The National Weather Service in Seattle has advised that the expected winds with Storm 2 could be in the top ten worst storms experienced in the Northwest.

Residents are urged to prepare for the Second Storm immediately.  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management and county public safety agencies are recommending residents to stay home and not go out unless they absolutely have to. Residents are urged to make sure they have adequate supplies for possible power outages; this includes drinking water and food on hand.

Clam diggers and hunters who choose to risk the storm should know that beaches and forest areas are extremely hazardous during this type of storm and there is high risk to their safety.  Risks include the possibility of flying debris, higher than normal surf conditions and sneakers waves.  Hunting or recreational forest land areas are of especially high risk to personal safety due to expected high winds.  Becoming entrapped or injured by falling trees could occur.

All citizens or visitors to Grays Harbor County during this expected weather event need to understand that because of hazardous weather and safety concerns, public safety response may be delayed to certain areas of the county or recreational areas.

Please exercise caution when using generators or barbeques, do not use them inside a residence.   Insure that these devices are in well ventilated areas.  The risk from carbon monoxide poisoning if operated in a confined spaces is great and may result in death.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon posted a stern warning for those planning to enter Grays Harbor County over the weekend. a Press release read that they would like to remind clam diggers and deer hunters of the potential hazards of being outdoors this weekend.  Saturday’s expected storm will bring high seas and rough surf with projected severe sustained wind speeds with gusts potentially reaching speeds of over 70 miles per hour.  Please remember to err on the side of caution and protect yourself and your friends and family.

 

If you are going to be in the woods, be prepared for falling trees, mudslides and other obstacles the incoming storm may challenge us with.  The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is always here to serve and protect our citizens and visitors, but until the winds from the incoming storm diminish, we will be reluctant to put our equipment and the safety of our searchers in harm’s way for a search and rescue mission during this possible historic storm.

 

Please use extreme caution and sound judgment before going out clam digging or hunting.  It is our department’s recommendation that you stay off the beaches and out of the woods until the storm has passed.

Stay tuned to local radio stations for further updates as information becomes available.

Here is a list of the current warning, watches, and advisories for the area as of 6:30 Friday evening.

 

High Surf Advisory
Issued: October 14 at 3:11PM PDT
Expiring: October 14 at 11:00PM PDT
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Central Coast
Coastal Flood Watch
Issued: October 14 at 3:11PM PDT
Expiring: October 16 at 5:00AM PDT
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Central Coast
High Wind Warning
Issued: October 14 at 2:51PM PDT
Expiring: October 15 at 11:00PM PDT
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Lower Chehalis Valley Area; Western Strait of Juan De Fuca
High Wind Warning
Issued: October 14 at 2:51PM PDT
Expiring: October 15 at 11:00PM PDT
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Central Coast; North Coast