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Friday, January 22, 2010

Mark Your Calendars for the Monthly AHAB Siren Test

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system next scheduled monthly test will be Monday, February 1st at noon. It is recommended that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test. The test is currently scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. The current procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.” In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound a constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema and clicking on the Tsunami tab. Residents can also view a video clip of the AHAB test on the PCEMA Facebook page. There are currently 13 AHAB sirens installed in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Monday, January 18, 2010

High Wind Warning Issued and High Surf Advisory Continues

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning and the high surf advisory continues for the north Oregon and south Washington coasts. The high wind warning is in effect from 8:00 p.m. this evening to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Southeast to south winds will increase late this evening to 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. The strongest wind will be near headlands and on beaches. Wind gusts to 60 mph will begin after 10:00 p.m. tonight in the south part of Tillamook County, OR and spread north. The very strong wind will continue through much of Tuesday afternoon. The high surf advisory is now in effect until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. A strong pacific storm generated large seas that will continue to bring high surf conditions to the coastline through this afternoon. High surf conditions will ease for the evening but return later tonight and continue through Tuesday as the next Pacific storm impacts the coast. Seas were 25-30 feet earlier Monday morning but have since subsided to around 20 feet. Seas will lower a little more during the day then build to 20-25 feet later tonight and Tuesday. 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. Local power disruptions and tree damage are possible. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Exercise caution along beaches. Unpredictable and destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures with no warning. This is not a time to be near the water. Be sure to use caution along the coast this week and stay away from beaches. 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 Wind Warning Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued yet another high wind warning for Pacific County.

The high wind warning is in effect from 8:00 p.m. this afternoon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday for the North Oregon and South Washington Coasts. South/southeast winds will increase this evening and continue into Tuesday afternoon. Winds will reach 30-40 mph at inland areas with gusts to 65 mph near beaches and headlands.

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. Local power disruptions are possible.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

High Wind Warning and High Surf Advisory Issued

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning and a high surf advisory for the north Oregon and south Washington coasts. The high wind warning is in effect from 7:00 p.m. this evening to 8:00 a.m. Monday. Southeast winds will turn southerly and increase this evening and continue into Monday morning. Strong south winds of 35-45 mph are expected with gusts up to 65 mph at open beaches and headlands. The high surf advisory is in effect from 10:00 p.m. this evening to 3:00 p.m. Monday. A strong pacific storm will move northward off the Oregon and Washington coasts tonight and Monday morning. This storm will generate large seas that will impact the coastline beginning later Sunday evening and continue into Monday afternoon before subsiding. Seas are expected to peak near 25 feet Monday morning. 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. Local power disruptions and tree damage are possible. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Exercise caution along beaches. Unpredictable and destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures with no warning. This is not a time to be near the water. Be sure to use caution along the coast this week and stay away from beaches.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hazardous Weather Outlook

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington for the holiday weekend. A deep low pressure system approaches the coast Sunday as it heads toward Vancouver Island. Strong winds are possible on coastal areas Sunday afternoon and evening potentially bringing wind gusts in excess of 70 mph. The predictions made by the NWS have been made well in advance of the storm and will continue to change throughout the weekend. 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. NWS holiday weekend forecast: Tonight: Rain likely before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind between 3 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday: Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 48. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 46. Breezy, with a south southeast wind between 16 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Sunday: Rain. High near 50. Breezy, with a south wind between 21 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Sunday Night: Rain. Low around 47. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%. M.L.King Day: Rain. High near 50. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Monday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 43. Weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather conditions according to standard operating procedures.

NOAA Weather Radio Program

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is participating in a NOAA Weather Radio Program designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service. All Pacific County residents are welcome to attend. Three sessions are scheduled: January 26, 2010 – 6:00 p.m. Willapa Harbor Community Center, 916 W First Street, South Bend January 27, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. Pacific County Fire District 1, 26110 Ridge Avenue, Ocean Park January 27, 2010 – 2:00 p.m. City of Ilwaco Community Center, 158 First Avenue N, Ilwaco Program participants will receive important information about tsunamis, evacuation routes, and how to make a home preparedness kit. At each session NOAA weather radios will be given to the first 60 residents that meet specific income levels. NOAA weather radios provide warning for multiple natural and man-made hazards but are especially important to obtain a tsunami warning while indoors. Additional NOAA weather radio information is available at http://www.emd.wa.gov. The NOAA Weather Radio Program is coordinated among the Washington State Emergency Management Division, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, and PCEMA. For additional information or a program application, please call the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or visit www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema or email b.walker@emd.wa.gov.

High Wind Warning Extended

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has extended the high wind warning to 11:00 a.m. this morning for the south Washington and north Oregon coasts.

South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph at headlands and exposed beaches are expected. Coastal communities will have gusts 40-50 mph.

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.

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 Wind Warning in Effect

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued a high wind warning this morning in effect until 9:00 a.m. for the south Washington and north Oregon coasts.

South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph at headlands and exposed beaches are expected. Coastal communities will have gusts 40-50 mph.

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.

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.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Warning and Advisory Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning and a high surf advisory for Pacific County.

The high wind warning is in effect from 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to 10:00 p.m. this evening for the North Oregon and South Washington Coasts. South winds will increase this afternoon and continue into the evening. Winds will reach 25-40 mph at inland areas with gusts of 60-65 mph near beaches and headlands.

The high surf advisory is in effect from 4:00 p.m. this afternoon to 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning for the South Washington and North and Central Oregon Coasts. A strong low pressure system off the coast will cause seas to build to between 20-24 feet tonight and impact the surf zone along the coast. The waves will decrease some by Tuesday morning but remain higher than normal for several more days.

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. Local power disruptions are possible.

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Be sure to use caution along the coast this week and stay away from beaches.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Extremely Dangerous Erosion Zone

South Bend, Washington – Significant erosion along the Pacific Ocean beach in the North Cove – Grayland area of Pacific County, Washington has uncovered portions of a historic shipwreck. This area – known commonly as “wash-a-way” beach is an active erosion zone.

“Wash-a-way” beach is subject to unpredictable and dangerous ocean waves and currents. Sand dunes and banks in this area are subject to erosion, sudden movement, and collapse without warning. Structures, roadways, and other materials continue to fall into the ocean and pose a potential hazard to personal safety.

The public is warned to stay away from this shipwreck and the entire area. Residents and tourists should consider the entire “wash-a-way” beach area as potentially hazardous. It is not a safe place for the public to visit.

Questions may be forwarded to Bryan Harrison, County Administrative Officer, at (360) 875-9334 or bharrison@co.pacific.wa.us.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

AHAB Siren Maintenance

South Bend, Washington – Maintenance will be conducted on the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system in Pacific County on Thursday, January 7, 2010. The main area of focus is sirens on the Long Beach Peninsula. Residents should be aware that sirens could activate during this maintenance visit.

The January 4th monthly test showed that there are still issues to be worked out with the AHAB siren system. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, Washington State Emergency Management Division, and Federal Signal are all working together to alleviate these issues.

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.