The flood warning continues for the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County, Olympic Peninsula Region. While showers will continue over the south slopes of the Olympics, heavy rain has come to an end. The three to five inches of rain that has fallen over the south slopes of the Olympics since midday Wednesday has driven the Skokomish River in Mason County above flood stage, and minor flooding is occurring.
The river crested around noon Wednesday and is expected to fall below flood stage later Wednesday night. The Skokomish River will slowly recede Thursday and Friday.
Do not drive cars, vans, or trucks through flooded areas, this is The cause of most flood related deaths in Washington. Be alert for rapid changes and monitor developments by listening to NOAA weather radio or other local media.
At 12:30 pm Wednesday the stage was 17.2 feet, flood stage is 16.5 feet.
At 16.5 feet, the Skokomish River will cause widespread flooding of pasture lands, with water flowing quickly over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.
Information from NOAA - October 22, 2014
IMAGE courtesy of the Mason County Sheriff's Office
High winds and heavy rain hit the Northwest coast early Wednesday as the first strong weather front of the fall moved ashore.
The National Weather Service reported peak winds as of 3:30 a.m. in Washington of 41 mph at Hoquiam, 63 at Lopez Island, 48 Bellingham and 48 at Whidbey Island.
A wind warning for the coast of Washington and Oregon is in effect until 9 a.m. for winds of around 40 mph with higher gusts.
Meanwhile, nearly 1.5 inches of rain fell in 2 hours at Forks on the Olympic Peninsula.
Forecasters say an atmospheric river of rain from the Pacific will soak the Northwest in coming days with several inches of rain, mostly in the mountains.
The only flooding is expected on the Skokomish River, which frequently floods.
SEATTLE (AP) - October 22, 2014