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Special Weather Statement for Grays Harbor

September 27, 2013

River flooding is possible and strong winds are expected in Western Washington this weekend.

A couple of powerful wet Pacific storms for late September will impact the region this weekend. The Saturday system will unload heavy rain on much of the area. Another storm will quickly follow on its heels Sunday for more heavy rain.

4 to 8 inches of rain are predicted for the higher elevations, with 1.5 to 3 inches anticipated across much of the lowlands.

The rain could drive some rivers near or slightly above flood stage late this weekend. The heavy rain could result in ponding of water on roads and in low-lying areas. It would be a good idea to check the storm drains to make sure they are not clogged with debris.

It will become windy across much of the area on Saturday, with the strongest winds likely occurring over the coast. Winds are forecast to reach 20 to 35 mph with gusts in the 45 to 50 mph.

Expect brief power outages as well as some snapped tree limbs. The Sunday storm has the potential to produce similar or stronger wind speeds.

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