The National Weather Service in Seattle says the forecasted storm over last weekend did not turn out the way they predicted. What may have appeared to most as a typical Grays Harbor storm, appeared to be a potentially historic and dangerous storm as it approached.
A post on the National Weather Service in Seattle Facebook page Sunday said “The storm ended up staying farther offshore than originally predicted, resulting in higher pressure over western Washington than forecast. The farther west track plus higher pressure resulted in much less wind over the area.”
It was a storm of repairs for the Grays Harbor PUD who had had crews scattered throughout the county all weekend replacing downed lines and poles. A post on the PUD’s Facebook page said “Your Grays Harbor PUD was ready and responded when and where needed. Like everyone else we appreciated the fact that the storm stayed further off the coast than we expected. Forecasting is not a perfect science. Thanks to the NWS for urging preparation and making sure we were ready for the worst possible outcome.”
Several areas of our coast saw some strong wind gusts during the otherwise quiet storm. Hoquiam saw a wind gust of 51 miles per hour at Bowerman Airport around 3 Saturday afternoon, around the same time Westport gusted to 54 and Toke Point in Pacific County saw a wind gust of 62. The North Humptulips gauge measured 67 miles per hour just after noon Saturday.
The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management agency opened their operations center for about 7 hours Saturday evening. Deputy Director Chuck Wallace said Saturday evening “We will always prepare for the worst, yet hope for the best. Luckily, we had little impact from the storm this time. Next time we may not be as fortunate.”
Wallace thanked residents for being prepared, adding “Thank you for your cooperation and diligence throughout these two storm events. Your preparation efforts and confidence in our alert messaging would have limited any impact the storm might have caused if it passed closer to our county. “