Flood Watch - possible impact on Guemes Island westside beaches

posted Oct 30, 2012, 11:04 AM by smike@guemesfire.org
A flood watch has been issued for northwest Washington for today through Wednesday, October 30.  Increased river outflows combined with high tides can lead to minor flooding along Guemes Island's west shore.  While the risk to Guemes Island residents is small, vigilance is prudent...

SKAGIT-SNOHOMISH-WHATCOM-
405 AM PDT TUE OCT 30 2012

..FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
  COUNTIES...SKAGIT...WHATCOM...SNOHOMISH.

* FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

* HEAVY RAIN OVER THE WEST SLOPES OF CASCADE MOUNTAINS TODAY
  THROUGH WEDNESDAY COULD DRIVE THE MOST FLOOD-PRONE RIVERS OF THE
  NORTH CASCADES ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL THROUGH
  WEDNESDAY WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES...WITH THE SNOW
  LEVEL AROUND 7000 TO 8000 FEET. ROUGHLY 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN
  IS EXPECTED OVER THE LOWLANDS.

* THE MOST FLOOD-PRONE RIVERS IN THE WATCH AREA INCLUDE THE
  NOOKSACK...SKAGIT...AND STILLAGUAMISH RIVERS. IF ANY OF THESE
  RIVERS DO FLOOD...IT WILL PROBABLY BE RELATIVELY MINOR. THE
  RAINFALL IN THE LOWLANDS WILL ALSO LIKELY CAUSE STREET FLOODING
  IN POORLY DRAINED AREAS OR WHERE STORM DRAINS ARE COVERED BY
  LEAVES.

* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING BUT FLOODING IS NOT IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND BE READY TO ACT QUICKLY IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED.
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