GHEM – The first storm system is progressing through the area and is anticipated to dissipate into the evening hours.
Some rain and gusty winds will continue through the night and into early tomorrow.
The second storm system is predicted to arrive on our coast with impacts including high winds Saturday evening.
The NWS has estimated that we could start seeing impacts from the second storm around 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Significant winds, 30-40 mph with gusts up to 75 mph are likely.
This storm is the remnants of Typhoon Songda from the Western Pacific Ocean.
The National Weather Service in Seattle has advised that the expected winds with Storm 2 could be in the top ten worst storms experienced in the Northwest.
Residents are urged to prepare for the Second Storm immediately.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management and county public safety agencies are recommending residents to stay home and not go out unless they absolutely have to.
Residents are urged to make sure they have adequate supplies for possible power outages; this includes drinking water and food on hand.
Clam diggers and hunters who choose to risk the storm should know that beaches and forest areas are extremely hazardous during this type of storm and there is high risk to their safety.
Risks include the possibility of flying debris, higher than normal surf conditions and sneakers waves.
Hunting or recreational forest land areas are of especially high risk to personal safety due to expected high winds. Becoming entrapped or injured by falling trees could occur.
All citizens or visitors to Grays Harbor County during this expected weather event need to understand that because of hazardous weather and safety concerns, public safety response may be delayed to certain areas of the county or recreational areas.
Please exercise caution when using generators or barbecues, do not use them inside a residence.
Insure that these devices are in well ventilated areas.
The risk from carbon monoxide poisoning if operated in a confined spaces is great and may result in death.
Stay tuned to local radio stations for further updates as information becomes available.