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The weekend storm is extending into today

September 30, 2013

The worst of the storm is behind us, but a high surf warning and a flood watch are still in effect.

The high surf warning remains in effect until 11 am this morning. Dangerous high surf with waves 25 to 27 feet are expected.

Waves will slowly subside to around 20 feet midday. These waves are powerful enough to sweep unwary beach walkers out to sea. People can be seriously injured by debris such as logs tossed about in the waves.

The waves will also result in beach erosion. Stay off breakwaters and jetties during periods of high surf.

A flood watch is now in effect through this evening.

While the steady rain has ended, heavy rain over the weekend could result in the Chehalis reaching flood stage beginning Monday night.

The National Weather Service says the weekend storm has made for the wettest September on record in parts of Washington.

A record was also set at the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam the weekend when 1.78 inches of rain fell on Saturday. The old record of just over an inch was set in 1962.

The WSDOT reported dozens of incidents where limbs broke off and blocked roads in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. SR 101, 103, 105, 4, and 6 were all blocked for a portion of the storm.

Power was knocked out to over 1000 people during the storm. Grays Harbor PUD crews restored power to almost all customers by this morning. Crews continue to work on a few small scattered outages across the county.

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