Three storms heading toward Western Washington

Three storm systems are approaching Western Washington, each with significant wind, rain and potential coastal and river flood issues.

The first of three storm system has begun to impact the area with rain, heavy at times.

Forecast rainfall for this first event is 3.14” for Hoquiam.

This afternoon, the winds will increase to 30-40 mph gusting to 60 mph along coastal areas.

Rainy, windy and gusty conditions will be felt throughout the county and seas will build to 20’ causing significant beach run-up and beach erosion issues.

All rivers and streams will rise during this event, but none are forecast to flood.

This system will depart sometime in the early morning hours on Friday.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a HIGH WIND WATCH for the Central Coast, (Grays Harbor County), from 6:00 pm Thursday evening through 6:00 am Friday morning.

The second storm is projected to arrive Saturday morning and last through Sunday morning.

Models still vary, but if the storm tracks into Western Washington which is a 33% chance, the storm has the potential of being a very significant wind event.

If it tracks off the coast into Vancouver B.C., a 66% chance, we will still be impacted by significant winds, likely higher than the first storm.

This storm is actually the remnants of Typhoon Songda from the Western Pacific.

It will intensify through Saturday and heavy rain will occur but not as much as the first storm.

The area will be saturated from the first storm so any additional rain could create flooding issues on local rivers.

At this time no area rivers are forecast to flood.

Seas will grow to 30’ or more during this storm event, making area beaches, piers and jetties very hazardous due to high wave run up, beach erosion and the possibility of frequent sneaker waves.

Another significant storm is tracking towards us and is expected to arrive Tuesday.

More information will be available as we move closer to Tuesday.

Grays Harbor Emergency Management urges extreme caution to anyone venturing along the beaches for any reason – especially while digging clams.

This weekend, most area beaches open to Clam Digging and these powerful storms will make beaches extremely hazardous with long wave run–up, potential for numerous sneaker waves, overtopping of piers and jetties, and significant beach erosion.

The clam digs will be at night increasing the hazardous conditions to anyone on the beaches. Do not turn your back on the sea.

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