Another significant fall storm is upon us and is expected to impact the region through Sunday. Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency said in a press release this morning that heavy rainfall is expected to inundate the area until 5:00 pm Sunday.
A WIND ADVISORY has been issued for noon today through 10:00 pm tonight. Southeast winds will shift to the Southwest and increase to 25-35 mph, gusting to 45-50 mph this afternoon into the evening. Coastal areas of Grays Harbor County will be most affected with heavy rain and wind, including Ocean Shores, Westport, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips and Taholah. Peak winds will be Saturday afternoon, easing later in the evening. Away from the coast, gusty wind conditions and rain will affect the entire region.
Many trees still have full canopies and high wind gusts will bring an increased potential for localized power outages from fallen tree branches resulting in downed power lines.
A FLOOD WATCH has been issued from 5:00 pm tonight through 5:00 am Monday morning. Localized urban flooding could occur due to leaf covered storm drains. All area rivers will rise but unlikely to reach flood stage. Some small streams could overtop their banks. Low lying areas which normally accumulate water during heavy rains will likely do so again.
Heavy downpours could occur at any time. Please use caution while driving during periods of rain due to the potential of ponding of water on area roads and highways.
Be ready for potential power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT use portable generators indoors or near windows or doors.