Part Two of October Windstorms: Coming Soon!

Posted October 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm by

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We woke to the pleas­ant obser­va­tion this morn­ing that our first storm of the series has mate­ri­al­ized as a nor­mal wind­storm in the islands. The Out­age Cen­ter at the Opal­co web­site is thank­ful­ly free of out­age reports. The big ques­tion remains, “what will Storm 2 bring”?

The lat­est Weath­er Ser­vice fore­cast says Storm 2 may be in the region’s “top 10 list” for sever­i­ty. They com­pare it to the Hanukkah Eve wind­storm of 2006. Winds are fore­cast to be 40–50 MPH sus­tained with gusts to 65 MPH, but may be stronger. We should see the winds from Storm 2 pick up late Sat­ur­day after­noon or ear­ly evening and peak in the ear­ly morn­ing hours Sun­day. Through all of this the NWS has stressed that the storm track can eas­i­ly change, bring­ing a change in local wind speeds.

In the peri­od of rel­a­tive calm between these storms tonight — and Sat­ur­day morn­ing — it will be tempt­ing to relax and let our guard down. It’s okay to pause and take a deep breath now, but remem­ber the worse storm is still ahead. Keep­ing this in mind, respon­ders through­out the islands are ready for Storm 2.

Sher­iff Ron Krebs com­ment­ed, “Deputies and oth­er emer­gency respon­ders will be doing their jobs this week­end, as always. I ask that islanders just stay safe at home, keep off the roads dur­ing storm and ini­tial clean up, and keep a close eye on old­er friends and neigh­bors who might need a lit­tle extra sup­port. Remem­ber to call 911 for emer­gen­cies only and call Opal­co at 376‑3599 to report pow­er outages.”

Pub­lic Works Direc­tor Bri­an Vin­cent added his thoughts on storm safe­ty this week­end: “Pub­lic Works Road Crews will be work­ing tire­less­ly once the winds set­tle down to clear coun­ty roads. You can make their job far eas­i­er and safer by stay­ing off the roads until their efforts are done. This would be a great week­end to spend Sat­ur­day night and Sun­day at home with family.”

Going into the week­end please remem­ber these things:

  1. Islanders should stay at home Sat­ur­day night and Sun­day, stay off of roads until winds have calmed and ini­tial clean up has happened.
  2. Be care­ful with can­dles, gen­er­a­tors, propane heaters and stoves.
  3. Take this storm as oppor­tu­ni­ty to check on old­er and/or vul­ner­a­ble neigh­bors after the winds die down.

Final­ly, the prepa­ra­tions we make now help pre­pare us for the rest of the wind­storms we will have this win­ter and for a future Cas­ca­dia Earth­quake. What’s next in store? The Great WA Shake­out Earth­quake Drill on Octo­ber 20th. Find out more here: http://www.shakeout.org/washington/

You can find more pre­pared­ness infor­ma­tion at the DEM web­site http://sanjuandem.net or con­tact the DEM office at, 370‑0587, or email:
dem [@] sanjuandem.net.

Be Pre­pared, It’s The Island Way!

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