Weather Eye: Be prepared for coming storms; heed watches, warnings

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Patrick Timm

There is certainly lots to discuss today with the incoming weather. We chatted on Sunday about the potential for high winds and copious amounts of rainfall beginning today into early next week. That is still on schedule.

Powerful storms off the Pacific Ocean are heading our way. It will be raining (or pouring) when you read this.

The storm today will dump heavy rain over the Pacific Northwest with several inches along the coast and in the mountains. Locally heavy as well in the 1- to 3-inch category.

A high wind warning was already in effect today for the coast with winds gusting between 65 and 75 mph. Another big blow will hit the coast Saturday with possible higher winds maybe 80-100-plus mph. This storm brings with it remnants of Typhoon Songda.

Looking at forecast models Wednesday afternoon it was unclear the exact track of the storm. My advice is to be prepared but by no means panic. Get your information from reliable weather sources. If you travel to the coast for storm watching be sure and do it from a safe place.

Wednesday was the 54th anniversary of the famous Columbus Day windstorm in 1962. Some forecasters say Saturday’s storm could be as strong while out in the Pacific Ocean. That is why the concern on the tracking of the deep low pressure system.

The watches and warnings need to be heeded. If it turns out to be bad, have on hand your three day emergency supply kits as power could be off for a while. Watch local sources for updates and be safe!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.