Storm expected to bring high winds

A powerful storm system is going to impact the region today as strong winds, high surf and coastal flooding is possible through Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind Warning for the Washington Coast from 3 pm Wednesday afternoon through 9 am Thursday morning.

Powerful sustained winds will be 30-45 mph and gust to 65 mph along the coast.  Gusty winds will be felt throughout the region

A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from 11 am Wednesday morning through 3 pm Wednesday afternoon

A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect from 11 pm Wednesday night through 5 am Thursday morning.

Minor tidal overflow is likely along the Central Coast (Grays Harbor County), Wednesday and Thursday during the times of high tide.

High Astronomical Tides and low pressure from the approaching storm will raise predicted tide levels along the coast about 1.5-2 feet higher, especially in Westport and Aberdeen. Any lowland flooding is expected to be minor.

Westport – predicted tide: 12:54 pm Wednesday is 10.15 feet + anomaly 1.3 feet = 11.5 feet

Westport – predicted tide: 01:30 am Thursday is 10.08 feet + anomaly 1.9 feet = 12.0 feet

Aberdeen– predicted tide: 01:24 pm Wednesday is 11.23 feet + anomaly 1.3 feet = 12.5 feet

Aberdeen – predicted tide: 02:00 am Thursday is 11.07 feet + anomaly 1.9 feet = 13.0 feet

A High Surf Advisory has been issued from 10 pm Wednesday night through 4pm Thursday afternoon

Seas are expected to build to 15-18 feet Wednesday, then 18-22 feet Wednesday night and grow to 21-26 feet Thursday.  Areas of concern are Westport and Ocean Shores due to severe erosion possibilities.

All citizens should be prepared for localized power outages due to fallen tree branches and downed power lines.

Heavy rain will be associated with the storm. Use caution while driving during periods of heavy downpour creating reduced visibility and ponding of water on area roadways.



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