Submitted by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management

The first of 3 storm systems is approaching and will begin to impact the region Tuesday. Tuesday’s storm will be a typical fall rain and wind event, with rain beginning after midnight and continuing until at 11:00 a.m. South winds will increase to 18-23 mph, gusting to 25-30 mph. The wind gusts could present issues leading to local power outages, because most trees still have full leaf canopies. There is a possibility of tree limbs falling and downing power lines. Leaves blown from the trees could also cover storm drains, leading to very localized urban flooding issues.

A much stronger second storm will arrive Tuesday and last through the early morning hours of Thursday. A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Seattle from 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning through 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, with sustained Southeast and South winds at 20-35 mph, gusting to 40-50 mph and heavy rain. Coastal areas of Grays Harbor County will be affected including Ocean Shores, Westport, Hoquiam and Aberdeen. The peak winds will be Wednesday afternoon and ease Wednesday evening. There will be 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. All area rivers will rise but unlikely to reach flood stage.

On the horizon, a third storm is heading our way, 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.

Rainfall from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning is forecast to be between 2.5-inches and 3 inches.

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.

Print Friendly