A couple of storm systems approaching the area are expected to bring heavy rains throughout the rest of the week. A much stronger storm will arrive Wednesday and last through the early morning hours of Thursday.

A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Seattle from 11:00 am Wednesday morning through 11:00 pm Wednesday evening, with sustained Southeast and South winds at 20-40 mph, gusting to 55 mph along with heavy rain. Coastal areas of Grays Harbor County will be affected including Ocean Shores, Westport, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips and Taholah. The peak winds will be Wednesday afternoon and ease Wednesday evening.

Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency warns of possible localized power outages, water over roadways, and clogged storm drains.

Rainfall from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning is forecast to be @ 3.5”.

Trees have full canopies and the high winds bring a high potential for localized power outages from fallen tree branches resulting in downed power lines. Localized urban flooding could occur due to leaf covered storm drains. Many trees will have all leaves stripped from them during this storm event. All area rivers will rise but unlikely to reach flood stage.

Wallace said another storm system is approaching but it’s too soon to get accurate prediction models to determine the impact of that system. “On the horizon, a third storm is heading our way this weekend, which at this time and appears to be comparable to the Wednesday storm.” If the storm brings heavy rainfall, there is a possibility some area streams and rivers could approach flood stage. At this point the storm is still a few days away. Better storm models will be available as we approach midweek.

Heavy downpours could occur at any time. Please use caution while driving during periods of rain due to the potential of pooled water on area roads and highways.