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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Storm Clean-up Volunteers Available

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency was notified by Home Depot that they have volunteers ready to assist Pacific County residents with yard debris clean-up. Please contact Mike Davis or Tamara Roden at (503) 861-9999 x301 or x321 if you need assistance cleaning up yard debris from the storm.

Power Outage Continues for 1,000 Residents

South Bend, Washington – There are still approximately 1,000 Pacific County residents without power this morning. The main line on Highway 103 has been restored and crews will work today to reconnect power to the 24 streets off Highway 103. Other small pockets of homes remain without power throughout the Long Beach Peninsula. The Pacific County PUD has several crews working hard to restore power as quickly as possible. Power is not likely to be restored to all areas of the Peninsula by tonight. PACE Senior Services is again offering a place to warm up and eat a hot lunch today until 5:00 p.m. for residents who remain without power. There is no charge but donations are appreciated. PACE Senior Services is located at 152 1st Avenue in Ilwaco. For questions please contact PACE directly at (360) 642-4300. The Peninsula Senior Center has opened a warming center which will remain open until 8:00 p.m. this evening. The Center is located at 21603 O Lane in Ocean Park. For questions please contact the Senior Center directly at (360) 665-3999. Residents needing oxygen tanks filled can make arrangements by calling Pacific County Fire District 1 station in Ocean Park (360) 665-4451 or the Long Beach Fire Station (360) 244-9041. While no hazardous weather events are currently forecast by the National Weather Service for the next seven days, residents are encouraged to be prepared for 72 hours. When driving at night, be particularly watchful for downed trees and power lines and debris on the road. Residents with life-threatening emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.

Monday, November 23, 2009

PACE Senior Services Offering Lunch

South Bend, Washington – PACE Senior Services is offering a place to warm up and eat a hot lunch today until 5:00 p.m. for residents who remain without power. There is no charge but donations are appreciated. PACE Senior Services is located at 152 1st Avenue in Ilwaco. For questions please contact PACE directly at (360) 642-4300.

1,800 Remain Without Power in Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – Power outages continue for 1,800 residents in scattered areas on the Long Beach Peninsula. Areas of concentrated outages include: · Cranberry Road to 227th in Long Beach/Ocean Park · Vernon Avenue toward Joe Johns Road in north Ocean Park · Port of Peninsula Other outages remain in a handful of smaller areas throughout the Peninsula. The Pacific County PUD hopes to restore power to most residents by this evening. However, residents should be aware that if their power is not restored by 5:00 p.m. today, they will remain without power throughout the night. Organizations opening a warming/feeding center are encouraged to notify the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency. Residents needing oxygen tanks filled can make arrangements by calling Pacific County Fire District 1 station in Ocean Park (360) 665-4451 or the Long Beach Fire Station (360) 244-9041. While no hazardous weather events are currently forecast by the National Weather Service for the next seven days, residents are encouraged to be prepared for 72 hours. When driving at night, be particularly watchful for downed trees and power lines and debris on the road. Residents with life-threatening emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

6,000 Residents Remain Without Power in Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – There are currently approximately 6,000 residents without power in Pacific County. Early Sunday morning strong west/northwest winds blew through the county knocking down trees, power poles, and power lines, leaving 11,000 residents without power. There was also damage to the Bonneville Power transmission facilities.

Power was restored to areas of Naselle, Chinook, Ilwaco and south Seaview at approximately 2:15 p.m. Sunday with restoration to portions of the City of Long Beach occurring at 3:40 p.m. Power may also be restored to some areas of Ocean Park by this evening.

Damage to power lines and poles along State Route 103 between north Long Beach and Ocean Park was substantial and repairs along this highway may take two to three days to complete. In particular extensive damage to the power lines and poles between 227th and 245th along Vernon Ave, may result in an extended repair time.

All repairs are contingent upon Bonneville Power repairs. Bonneville was able to restore one of two transmission lines today.

Residents can expect small individual power outages for up to two to three days as crews work on repairs and clean up. It is anticipated that 1,500 to 2,000 residents may be affected until repair work is complete.

Organizations opening a warming/feeding center are encouraged to notify the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA). Residents needing oxygen tanks filled can make arrangements by calling Pacific County Fire District 1 station in Ocean Park (360) 665-4451 or the Long Beach Fire Station (360) 244-9041.

While no hazardous weather events are currently forecast by the National Weather Service for the next seven days, residents are encouraged to be prepared for 72 hours. When driving at night, be particularly watchful for downed trees and power lines and debris on the road. Residents with life-threatening emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.

11,000 Without Power in Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – There are currently approximately 11,000 residents without power in Pacific County. Strong west/northwest winds blew through the county during the night knocking down trees, power poles, and power lines. There is damage to the Bonneville Power transmission facilities and BPA is sending crews to make the necessary repairs. It is possible that portions of Ilwaco, Chinook, and Long Beach will have power restored this evening. Power may also be restored to areas of Ocean Park by this evening as the transmission lines on Sandridge Road do not appear to be heavily damaged. Naselle power may also be restored this evening. There is extensive damage to power lines and poles along State Route 103 between north Long Beach and Ocean Park. Repairs along this highway could take two to three days to complete. This outage affects approximately 3,000 Pacific County residents. All repairs are contingent upon Bonneville Power repairs, which have a high degree of uncertainty. Residents can expect small individual power outages for up to two to three days as crews work on repairs and clean up. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) has not been notified of any shelters or warming/feeding centers. Residents needing oxygen tanks filled can do so at the Pacific County Fire District 1 station in Ocean Park (360) 665-4451 or at the Long Beach Fire Station (360) 244-9041. Residents are encouraged to be prepared for 72 hours. When driving be watchful for downed trees and power lines and debris on the road. PCEMA is continuing to monitor the situation. Any organization or facility opening a warming/feeding center is requested to notify the Pacific County EOC at (360) 783-2911.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

High Wind Warning Issued for Saturday Nov 21 and early morning Sunday, Nov 22, 2009

A developing Pacific storm may bring another round of high winds to the south Washington Coast.


The National Weather Service in Portland has upgraded the high wind watch to a high wind warning which is in effect from 7 pm Saturday evening to 7 am Sunday for the south Washington coast.

Strong sustained south winds from 40 to 45 mph with gusts as high as 65 mph are expected to develop at coastal headlands and beaches along the south Washington and north Oregon coast tonight. Peak winds are expected to occur between 8 pm and 3 am on the Oregon coast and between midnight and 6 am on the south Washington coast.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or is occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Be sure to have flashlights, batteries, and firewood handy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Flood Warning and Road Closure

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) office was advised by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland that the Willapa River will exceed flood stage at approximately 7:00 p.m. and is forecasted to crest at 22’ around 10:00 p.m. this evening. Heckard Road is currently closed due to water over the road. Residents are cautioned to watch for water over roadways and other road closures through the night. Please observe all road closures and refrain from driving through flood waters. The NWS has issued the following for the south Washington coast: · A flood warning is in effect through Friday morning · A high wind warning remains in effect until midnight tonight · A high surf advisory remains in effect until 4:00 a.m. Friday · A coastal flood advisory for tidal overflow remains in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wind, Rain, and Potential Flooding

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) office participated in a weather briefing this morning with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland. A high wind warning has been issued and is in effect until midnight Thursday for the south Washington coast. Southerly winds will increase to 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph this afternoon ahead of a strong incoming Pacific frontal system. The strongest winds with sustained south winds of 40-45 mph and gusts to 70 mph will start around 4:00 pm and continue into the evening. Winds will diminish after midnight but re-intensify on Thursday as a second, somewhat stronger, frontal wave lifts north through the offshore waters. Gusts to 60 mph are expected beginning mid Thursday morning but the strongest winds will likely arrive late Thursday afternoon and evening. Sustained south winds of 50 mph with gusts to 80 mph are expected. Once the front moves through around late Thursday evening, winds will ease. A high surf advisory remains in effect from 7:00 p.m. this evening to 4:00 a.m. Friday. This next storm system will once again cause seas offshore to build back up to 25 feet or possibly as high as 30 feet. Dangerous surf will continue to impact coastal areas through Thursday night. Three to six inches of rain are possible with this storm. However, there is a high degree of uncertainty as to the location of the rainfall. The NWS is monitoring the Willapa and Naselle Rivers and will provide updates as necessary. The combination of heavy surf, high tides, building storm surge, and plenty of rain runoff from area rivers may cause minor tidal overflow to return Thursday, especially to the more prone areas such as the City of Raymond, during high tide. Additional storms have the potential to bring periods of high winds to the coast again Friday through the weekend. Weather Outlook: Friday: Rain. High near 48. East southeast wind between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Friday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 42. Sunday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Sunday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Precautionary/Preparedness actions: Residents should again prepare and take this time as an opportunity to take care of problems caused by the past storm before this one arrives. Prepare for possible power outages by checking flashlights, batteries, firewood, and generators. Plan to stay indoors and away from potential hazards such as trees and power lines. For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

High Wind Watch in Effect Wednesday

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind watch which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. The first in a series of storms will begin to affect the south Washington and north Oregon coasts on Wednesday afternoon. South winds of 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph will begin to affect the coast by mid-afternoon. Winds will then increase to 30-40 mph with gusts to 70 mph in the evening. Winds will be strongest along the beaches and headlands. Winds will decrease around midnight tomorrow night. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency does not typically issue statements upon receipt of a high wind watch but given the recent storm believes that more information is better. Precautionary/Preparedness actions: With the recent wind, rain, and saturated ground, residents should again prepare and take this time as an opportunity to take care of problems caused by the past storm before this one arrives. A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts from the NWS at http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Flood Warning in Effect for the Willapa River

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) office was advised by the National Weather Service, Portland, that the Willapa River will exceed flood stage at approximately 10:00 p.m. Monday evening. The storm that has hit southwest Washington will continue and is now expected to bring more rain than originally predicted to the Willapa Hills.


Rain throughout the day today has caused the Willapa River to rise sharply this afternoon and an additional two to three inches of rain is expected this evening. The Willapa River is now forecast to crest at 23’ Tuesday morning.

Tidal overflow is expected to occur along low lying portions of the southwest Washington through Tuesday. The greatest possibility of tidal overflow will be in and around the City of Raymond during high tide around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The NWS has issued:
  • A high wind warning in effect until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for southwest Washington
  • A high surf advisory in effect until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for the south Washington coast
  • A coastal flood advisory in effect until noon Tuesday for low lying portions of southwest Washington
  • A flood warning in effect through Tuesday afternoon for the Willapa River
  • A flood watch in effect through Tuesday evening for the Naselle River
The NWS also notified the PCEMA office that another potential storm may develop Wednesday night and Thursday, November 18th-19th. It is expected to look much like the storm we are experiencing now. Stay tuned this week for more information on this weather system.

Precautionary/Preparedness actions:

Residents are cautioned to watch for water over roadways and to refrain from driving through flood waters. At 22’ flood waters from the Willapa River will be widespread with numerous road closures.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

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Wind Storm, High Surf Conditions, Heavy Rain, and Potential Flooding

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) office participated in a weather briefing this afternoon with the National Weather Service (NWS), Portland office. The wind storm that has hit southwest Washington will continue for the next 12-18 hours with the strongest winds expected between 7:00 p.m. and midnight tonight. Sustained winds of 35-50 mph and gusts up to 75 mph are expected. However, on the open beaches and headlands, sustained winds of 50-60 mph with gusts up to 90 mph are likely. During the storm, large seas will make for dangerous beach conditions with waves pummeling the surf zone which will only be exacerbated by the prominence of the enhanced lunar tidal cycle. Seas are projected to reach 23-27 feet. Minor tidal overflow is expected to occur along low lying portions of the southwest Washington through Tuesday. The greatest possibility of tidal overflow will be in and around the City of Raymond during high tide around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. Two to four inches of rain are possible in the Willapa Hills Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Rivers of most concern for minor flooding include the Willapa and the Naselle. The Willapa River is expected to approach flood stage and the Naselle River is anticipated to reach bank full. The NWS has issued: · A high wind warning in effect until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for southwest Washington · A high surf advisory in effect until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for the south Washington coast · A coastal flood advisory in effect until noon Tuesday for low lying portions of southwest Washington · A flood watch in effect through Tuesday evening for the south Washington coast The NWS also notified the PCEMA office that another potential storm may develop Wednesday night and Thursday, November 18th-19th. It is expected to look much like the storm we are experiencing now. Stay tuned this week for more information on this weather system. Precautionary/Preparedness actions: A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Winds may gust close to 90 mph along the immediate coastal headlands and beaches tonight and speeds near these values can cause power outages and downed trees. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. A flood watch means there is potential for river flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

High Surf and Coastal Flood Advisories Now in Effect

South Bend, Washington – A high surf advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) and is in effect until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for the south Washington Coast. A strong Pacific storm will generate large seas and high winds through early Tuesday. Astronomical tides will be near their monthly maximum due to the new moon. Storm surge associated with the large developing offshore low pressure system will likely be in the one to three foot range tonight and Tuesday. Locally, heavy rain from the Willapa Hills will be channeling into Willapa Bay further raising the level in the bay. During the storm, large seas will make for dangerous beach conditions with waves pummeling the surf zone which will only be exacerbated by the prominence of the enhanced lunar tidal cycle. The NWS also issued a coastal flood advisory in effect until noon Tuesday. Minor tidal overflow is expected to occur along low lying portions of the south Washington Coast through Tuesday. During the high tides around noon today and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the greatest possibility of tidal overflow will be in and around the City of Raymond. Precautionary/Preparedness actions: A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

High Wind Warning in Effect Through Tuesday

South Bend, Washington – A series of low pressure systems will arrive on the Pacific County coast between Sunday evening and Tuesday. A High Wind Warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Pacific County for later Sunday night and early Monday with additional rounds Monday and Tuesday. Later Sunday evening south winds will strengthen to 25 – 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph on the open beaches and headlands. Late Sunday night winds will increase with gusts between 50 – 60 mph, lasting through Monday morning. Gusts of 65 – 80 are expected on the open beaches and headlands Monday morning. The strongest winds will strike the coast on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. A very deep low pressure system will develop late Monday and pass offshore of the coast Monday night as the system moves towards British Columbia. Expect south winds to increase on Monday evening with sustained winds of 40 – 50 mph with gust of 65 – 80 mph. Open beaches and headland gust may reach as high as 85 – 95 mph. Winds are expected to ease early Tuesday. One to three inches of rain is expected with this series of wind storms. These events will however, arrive along with some of the highest tides of the month. Due to the low pressure and wind, the tidal anomaly is expected to reach as high as three feet. Downtown Raymond businesses and residents are urged to prepare for flooding during high tides. All Pacific County residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages by checking flashlights, batteries, firewood, and generators. Plan to stay indoors and away from potential hazards such as trees and power lines.

High Wind Warning Issued for Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, Nov 15 - 17, 2009

A High Wind Warning has been issued for the south Washington Coast for later Sunday night and early Monday with another round early Monday afternoon.


Later this evening south winds will strengthen to 25 – 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph on the open beaches and headlands. Tonight winds will increase with gusts between 50 – 60 mph, lasting through Monday morning. Gusts of 65 – 80 are expected on the open beaches and headlands Monday morning.
The strongest winds will strike the coast on Monday night. A very deep low pressure system will develop offshore late Monday and pass offshore of the coast Monday night as the system moves towards British Columbia.

Expect south winds to increase on Monday evening with sustained winds of 40 – 50 mph with gust of 65 – 80 mph. Open beaches and headland gust may reach as high as 85 – 95 mph. Winds are expected to ease early Tuesday.

Residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages by checking flashlights, batteries, firewood, and generators. Plan to stay indoors and away from potential hazards such as trees and power lines.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Amateur Radio Seminar Series

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club is hosting a series of seminars covering a wide variety of amateur radio topics. The series focuses on real-world practical knowledge. Anyone interested may attend. Neither club membership nor an amateur radio license is required. Upcoming seminars include: · Internet Radio Linking Project · Emergency Power · Packet Radio · Ethics, Jargon, and the Rules · All About BeachNet · HF Basics and the Radio · The HF Antenna and Getting RF into it · HF CW DX and Contesting There is no cost to attend and each seminar will last approximately two hours. For complete details and seminar descriptions please visit www.qsl.net/w7rdr/seminars.

Monday, November 9, 2009

National Weather Service Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service, Portland Office notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency of a high wind warning effective until noon today for the headlands of the south Washington coast.


A brief period of strong winds 30 to 40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph are expected ahead of a strong Pacific cold front. The winds are expected to decrease by noon once the cold front moves onshore.

A high wind warning means that a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage and residents are encouraged to be personally prepared for exacerbating events such as possible power outages or tree fall.

Friday, November 6, 2009

High Surf Warning Through Saturday

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency this morning that a high surf warning is in effect until 4 pm PST Saturday. Large swell generated by a storm in the Gulf of Alaska will build today and continue through Saturday, bringing dangerous surf conditions to the coast. The largest seas are expected to arrive this afternoon when 25 to 30 foot swell will begin to impact the coast. These waves will be very energetic as they move in the surf zone, pummeling the coast with large breakers as they move onshore. Heavy debris, such as logs, will be thrown around by the large waves making the surf zone especially hazardous. Hazards from high surf conditions along the shoreline will be enhanced during the high tides around 3 to 4 pm in the afternoon today and Saturday. The high tide during these times periods will cause the large waves to impact higher portions of the beaches than at other times of the day. Precautionary/Preparedness actions: A high surf warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the advisory area, producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion. It can be very dangerous to venture near the coast under high surf conditions. People have been swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf. Stay well back from the water’s edge and be alert for the exceptionally high wave. For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

H1N1 Community Clinics by Appointment Only

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Health Department is planning to schedule H1N1 community clinics each Monday from 1-5 pm beginning November 9th. Clinics will be by appointment only. The clinics will be for those in the five priority groups according to the Center for Disease Control. The number of doses available will be limited and may vary from week to week depending on what is received from the manufacturer. North County Clinic Appointments – Please call (360) 875-9300 x2639 Monday-Friday between 9-12 and 1-4 Location – Pacific County Annex, 1216 West Robert Bush Drive, South Bend South County Clinic Appointments – Please call (360) 642-9349 (option 2) Monday-Thursday between 9-12 and 1-4 Location – South County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach To be eligible for the H1N1 vaccine you must be one of the following: · Pregnant · Health care or emergency service personnel with direct patient care · Household contact of an infant less than 6 months of age (parent, sibling, daycare provider) · Age 4-24 years · Age 25 through 64 with underlying health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza AND: · Be healthy at the time of vaccination and have no fever or respiratory illness · Have no sensitivity or allergy to foods (gelatin, eggs/egg protein), medication (gentamycin, Neosporin, polymyxin B, vaccine component), or have had a serious reaction to influenza vaccination in the past · Have not received antiviral medication for influenza (tamiflu, relenza) in the past two days Children under the age of 4 will not be vaccinated in these clinics. Please contact your private provider to have your child age 6 months to 4 years vaccinated. By late November the Pacific County Health Department hopes to be able to provide vaccine to anyone that is interested in being vaccinated, regardless of age or underlying health condition. We also plan to schedule school based clinics when adequate amounts of vaccine becomes available. We appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation. The Pacific County Health Department is working hard to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. We have provided a limited number of doses to private health care providers in our area and will continue to work with our providers to have vaccine available for use with their patients. If you need additional information about H1N1 influenza there is 24 hour information available in both English and Spanish at 888-703-4364. Information may also be obtained through the Washington State Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/.

National Weather Service Issues Coastal Weather Information

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service, Portland Office notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency of potential weather hazards that may affect the coastal areas over the next 24 hours. A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from Noon to 4:00 p.m. PST Thursday. A Coastal Flood Advisory means that there may be minor tidal overflow along low lying sections of the southwest coast, including the City of Raymond. A high tide of 10.3 feet with an anomaly of approximately one foot will bring the high tide level to 11.1 feet on Thursday afternoon. This may result in the closure of lanes of State Route 101, in the central Raymond area. The National Weather Service indicated that minor flooding is expected near the city. Tides will be lower at subsequent high tides. Residents should consult local tide tables for times and heights within their community. This event will likely be accompanied by a Pacific frontal system with high winds increasing Thursday morning through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch indicating that southeast winds will increase Wednesday evening reaching 20 – 30 mph around midnight as the front approaches the coast. By Thursday morning winds will shift to the south with sustained winds increasing to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Gusts to 60 mph are possible on the beaches and headlands from mid-morning Thursday, peaking Thursday afternoon as the front approaches landfall.