Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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.