Meteorologists say a storm with strong winds and steady rain is pushing across Western Washington on Wednesday night. It will taper off Thursday morning.
A storm over Western Washington on Wednesday night will bring a “potpourri of weather hazards” through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
On the coast, meteorologists warned residents of the system’s strong winds amplifying ocean waves, causing flooding and high tides. And near Seattle, they said minor flooding could occur, too.
“It’s going to be real crazy heavy rain” Wednesday through Thursday, service meteorologist Johnny Burg said. “They [the winds] could cause damage to structures, widespread outages.”
Forecasters said the storm’s winds would taper off Thursday morning, he said. The service issued a series of notices about winds and flooding for much of Western Washington on Wednesday, including one for the coastal area that calls for wind speeds of 30 to 45 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph.
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Compared with the coast, meteorologists predicted a less-intense wind forecast for Seattle and surrounding areas, calling for speeds of 15 to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. Other lowland areas, such as western Snohomish County, however, may see stronger winds, Burg said.
In Olympia, officials warned residents of possible flooding downtown between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday.
Forecasters said the system could bring between a half-inch to 1.5 inches of accumulated rain in the Seattle area, Burg said.
Seattle’s daily forecast for Thursday through Sunday calls for a chance of rain each day, at least in the form of showers.
“If you don’t like the rain — too bad,” he said. “It’s going to continue to be wet.”