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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Red Flag Warning Issued for Pacific County



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for lightning which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening to 11:00 a.m. Sunday. This replaces the Fire Weather Watch previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high. The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.

The National Weather Service Portland Office has issued the following forecast for Pacific County: Saturday partly cloudy with highs 75 to 80 and north wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Sunday partly sunny, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 80 with southwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour and chance of precipitation at 20 percent.

As conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information. Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/. In addition check local jurisdictional burning regulations and be extremely careful and cautious regarding fire ignition sources.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

NOAA Weather Radio Event

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host a pair of NOAA Weather Radio Giveaways on Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The South Pacific County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach and also at 2:00 p.m. at Hunters Inn in Naselle, 1060 SR 4, in Naselle.  The program is designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service.

Program participants will learn important information about tsunamis and how to make a home preparedness kit during a presentation by the Washington State Emergency Management Division. Participants may be eligible to receive a NOAA weather radio at no cost. All Pacific County residents are welcome to attend this training; however, radios are limited to the first 50 residents. Programming assistance will be provided.

Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at (360) 642 or 484-9338 or at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us for more information.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Phone Service Restored to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency that the telephone outage has been repaired. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-591-6506.

Phone Service Interrupted to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency of a telephone outage affecting approximately 40 households in the area near the Naselle Youth Camp. According to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, repairs are being made at the site of the culvert collapse on SR 4 adjacent to the Youth Camp. It is unknown at this time how long the outage will last.

It has been reported that cell phones have been affected as well. Any emergency reports should be made in person, to the Washington State Patrol, at their office located at 797 SR 4 just east of the Naselle School.

The State Patrol office will be staffed until 4:30 p.m. This information will be updated when repairs are completed. If repairs are not completed by 4:30 p.m. reporting information will be made available prior to that time. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-484/642/875-9338.