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Friday, 24 October 2014 17:00

GH DEM Warns of High Winds

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The Grays Harbor Department of Emergency wants to warn residence and those going on the clam dig tonight of the high wind warning and to be extra vigilant in watching for high waves.  Remember we dont have a surf rescue team out there, and coast guard can take time to get ot you if you get swept out to sea.

CLAM DIG ALERT - WIND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory for much of Western Washington, including Grays Harbor County from 3pm Saturday afternoon to 6am Sunday morning.

*** CLAM DIG ALERT ***

*** DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. ***
LOW TIDE IS EXPECTED @ 8:22 PM SATURDAY EVENING. CLAM DIGGERS NEED TO BE ALERT FOR WAVES SWEEPING UP THE BEACHES FARTHER THAN USUAL DUE TO HIGH WIND AND STORM SURGE CONDITIONS. WAVES WILL BE STRONG ENOUGH TO SWEEP A PERSON, PET OR CHILD OUT TO SEA.
The strongest Southwest winds will occur this evening behind a low pressure system.

Winds will increase to, 15 to 25 mph from the South late this afternoon, switching to Southwest 15 to 30 mph with Gusts 45 - 50 mph. locally stronger Gusts to 55 MPH at the coast. These are the highest forecast wind gusts so far this year

Winds this strong can snap small tree branches topple small or shallow rooted trees, and cause local power outages.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph and/or gusts of 45 to 57 mph are likely.

Also associated with this storm may be thunderstorms with heavy rain. Minor flooding could occur in low lying areas as well as create major puddling on highways and streets making driving extremely hazardous, especially at night.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all residents to prepare for the severe weather that has been forecast. When the strong winds and rain arrive, power outages are likely to occur. Do not approach fallen trees, branches or power lines. Check your generators. Do not use generators indoors. Do not refuel portable space heaters indoors. Never use your oven or barbeque grill to heat your home. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the forecast with the National Weather Service.

Remember to call 911 ONLY in a true emergency. During severe weather events, 911 receives a high increase of calls. Please do not call 911 to receive weather updates or for road conditions. You can receive the most up to date information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management on Facebook, Twitter and on the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Website at http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp

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