Trio Of Major Storms Headed To WA, Prepare Now!

Posted October 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm by

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This just in from the SJC Dept. of Emer­gency Management…

The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice is fore­cast­ing a series of very pow­er­ful storms is head­ed our way, start­ing with heavy rain on Wednes­day night.

The NWS mod­els fore­cast a 1 in 3 chance that this could be a “worst case sce­nario lead­ing to a his­tor­i­cal wind­storm for near­ly all of west­ern Wash­ing­ton that would be long remem­bered”.

Mete­o­rol­o­gist Cliff Mass says it this way on his weath­er blog Start­ing Thurs­day, we will enter a peri­od of extra­or­di­nar­i­ly active weath­er with the poten­tial for heavy rain, flood­ing, and a high­ly dan­ger­ous wind­storm with the poten­tial to be an his­toric event.” Fore­cast­ers are say­ing this storm may rival the 1962 Colum­bus Day storm in inten­si­ty, with air pres­sure as low as 28.20 inch­es or 958 mb (this is at the bot­tom of the scale on home barom­e­ters!). The ’62 storm caused wide­spread dam­age through out the northwest.

Do these things now!

  • Check your sup­plies, and buy sta­ples you need such as bread and milk. Have easy to pre­pare meals on hand and ready if your pow­er goes out. Review and renew your store of sup­plies – have at least 7 days of easy to pre­pare food and 1 gal­lon of water per per­son per day on hand. Here is our cal­en­dar with rec­om­mend­ed sup­plies.
  • Clear any drains around your prop­er­ty of leaves and oth­er debris.
  • Secure any loose items around your house and yard.
  • Check the bat­tery sup­ply for your flash­lights, and have plen­ty on hand. Charge your mobile devices and have bat­tery back ups to pow­er your wireless/VOIP phones. Remem­ber, a cord­ed phone will work when the pow­er is out.
  • Have an alter­nate way to keep warm if the pow­er is out – wood or propane heat and lots of blankets.
  • Have a sup­ply of sand­bags on hand to pro­tect your prop­er­ty if you have any his­to­ry of storm water enter­ing your prop­er­ty. Sand­bags are avail­able at Browns on San Juan Island and Island Hard­ware on Orcas.
  • In a pow­er out­age, remem­ber do not run a gen­er­a­tor in the garage – keep it well away from your house. The num­ber to report an out­age to Opal­co is 376‑3599Opal­co has more infor­ma­tion available.
  • Keep informed, have a bat­tery oper­at­ed radio on hand and sign up to receive Island Alerts at the DEM web­site.  

This series of storms is set­ting up to be very seri­ous and dam­ag­ing. Of course the actu­al storm tracks may vary from pre­dic­tions, but these fore­casts give us time to make time­ly prepa­ra­tions – there is no rea­son not to!

You can find more 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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