State of Emergency Declared in Washington amid Killer Storms
Posted by feww on December 10, 2015
U.S. Pacific NW storms kill two, cut power to thousands, unleash mudslides
Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency in Washington State as record-breaking storms continue to dump historic amounts of precipitation over the region.
State EOC activated due to hazardous weather throughout Washington
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at a Phase III level at 08:30 a.m. today in response to severe weather conditions throughout Washington State. Staff at the State EOC are monitoring the situation and available to assist with the needs of affected communities.
The Northwest Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for 25 rivers above flood stage in fourteen counties. The NWS has issued a variety of advisories, watches and warnings for coastal flooding, high winds, and other hazardous weather throughout the state. This includes a high wind warning for Spokane and parts of southeast Washington.
Local emergency operation centers have been activated in nine counties — Cowlitz, King, Lewis, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, and Yakima counties.
- A buoy 440km off the Oregon coast showed waves were over 12m, as of posting, reported NWS.
- 13 days this year with 2.5cm+ rainfall in Seattle, which was a new record. Total rainfall on those 13 days was 45cm, or 45% of the yearly total 100.5cm.
- Storms dumped up to 47.6cm of rain on parts of Oregon, and more than 31cm on several areas in Washington.
- Storm-related incidents have claimed at least two lives in Oregon, as of posting.
- Tillamook County in Oregon has declared a State of Emergency following days of extreme rains that caused widespread flooding, mudslides and damage.
- Severe flooding and damage have also been reported throughout the Oregon coast.
- Sinkholes, cracks and landslides reported in multiple roadways, including on U.S. 101.
The national Weather Service (NWS) has issued multiple hazardous weather warnings for the region including the following Coastal Flood Warning
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR 558 AM PST THU DEC 10 2015 ORZ001-002-WAZ021-110000- /O.CON.KPQR.CF.W.0001.151210T1700Z-151212T0000Z/ NORTH OREGON COAST-CENTRAL OREGON COAST-SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST- 558 AM PST THU DEC 10 2015 ...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 4 PM PST FRIDAY.. A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 4 PM PST FRIDAY. * TIDAL OVERFLOW: TIDES AND COMBINED STORM SURGE WILL RUN 2 FEET ABOVE THE ASTRONOMICAL PREDICTED VALUES THIS WEEK. THE HIGHEST TIDES OF THE CYCLE WILL OCCUR AROUND NOON TO 3 PM THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. * RIVER FLOWS: RIVERS WILL BE RUNNING HIGH DUE TO RUNOFF FROM THE RECENT RAINFALL...AND THE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL EXPECTED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. HIGH RUNOFF WILL INCREASE FLOOD POTENTIAL IN THE TIDALLY INFLUENCED REACHES AND ESTUARIES OF THE COASTAL RIVERS. * WAVES AND WAVE IMPACTS: DANGEROUS BREAKERS OF 35 TO 45 FEET WILL IMPACT THE BEACHES THURSDAY WITH 30 TO 40 FT BREAKERS FOR FRIDAY. THE WAVES WILL WASH OVER THE JETTIES...THROW LOGS AND DEBRIS FAR ONSHORE...CREATE LARGE SURGES OF WATER ONTO THE BEACHES...AND CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION. * FLOODING IMPACTS: FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS AND ROADS PRONE TO TIDAL FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AN HOUR OR TWO BEFORE AND AFTER THE HIGHEST TIDES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.. A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING WATER...AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS IN AND NEAR THE SURF ZONE...AND ALSO NEAR BAYS AND ESTUARIES SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF FLOODING AND VERY HIGH WATER SURGING INLAND AND INUNDATING NORMALLY DRY AREAS BY TAKING PRECAUTION. THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY IN LOW LYING AREAS AFFECTED BY THESE ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES AND SURF.