Monday, November 16, 2009

Prepare for a Windy Evening

The National Weather Service has issued Wind Advisory, Flood Watch and Hazardous Outlook messages for the Greater Vancouver area.

CRESA Emergency Management participated in a briefing with the National Weather Service at 12:30 p.m. today.  As this is being written around 1:00 p.m., a decent storm sits off the coast of Oregon and Washington (although many of us are already hearing and feeling strong local winds).

Today’s storm is expected to provide the heaviest winds and rain on the coast; however, winds in the valley are expected to be sustained at 25-35 mph with gusts to 45 mph from 7p Monday evening through 4a Tuesday morning. We expect to see about ¾ to 1 inch of rain in the valleys and so, urban area flooding may be possible related to clogged storm drains throughout the area.

We have also been informed that an additional storm is expected to roll in on November 19th which may present similar watches as it develops. CRESA Emergency Management will continue to monitor the developing weather situation and provide relevant updates as needed.

Consider preparing for windstorms and knowing where to call when the power goes out!  For your preparedness activity today, consider memorizing the Clark Public Utilities PowerLine at 360-992-8000.

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