The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Special Weather Statement for Western Washington lasting through the weekend into Monday. Friday and Friday night, there is a 100% chance of rain showers with a sustained wind growing to 17 mph. Saturday and Saturday night, the rains will become heavier and sustained winds will grow to 28-30 mph with gusts between 35-40 mph. Very Strong winds will affect the coastal areas on Sunday along with heavy rain throughout the County. The ocean swells are expected to grow to over 30 feet thru Monday. For Sunday, it is predicted that the coastal areas will be impacted by sustained Southwest winds between 30-40 mph. Gusts will be much higher, likely reaching near 50 mph! The daily high temperatures are expected to be in the low 50’s to upper 40’s. More information will become available as the event approaches.
This is the first volatile weather event of what has been predicted to be many significant weather events this Fall and Winter. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management recommends that you prepare your home and family for the upcoming Fall & Winter hazardous weather. Winterize your home, check your generators, clean chimneys, stock up on food and water items and be prepared for power outages and possible road flooding.
Be prepared for power outages .Always use caution around downed tree limbs and power lines. Never use a generator inside of your home! Become aware of the warning signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Significant beach erosion and rip currents will be evident with waves running very far up the beaches. Stay away from rocks and jetties. Waves will be strong enough to sweep a person out to sea. DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA!
For more information on how to become Pro-Active, contact Grays Harbor Emergency Management by visiting our website, call us at (360) 249-3911 or e-mail us at GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us