The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Skokomish River and a wind advisory for the Puget Sound area.
Forecasters say one and a half to two inches of rain has fallen over the south slopes of the Olympics overnight and another one to two inches is expected today (Sat. Oct. 31). This amount of rain will drive the Skokomish River above flood stage around midday.
The river will rise above flood stage around 1 PM Saturday and crest near 16.9 feet around 5 PM Saturday. The river will fall below flood stage early Sunday morning.
At 16.5 feet, the Skokomish River will cause widespread flooding of pasture lands in the Skokomish Valley with water flowing quickly over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.
Do not drive cars, vans or trucks through flooded areas. This is the cause of most flood related deaths in Washington.
A wind advisory is now in effect until 3 PM this afternoon (Sat. Oct. 31). South winds 20 to 30 MPH with gusts to 45 MPH are expected. Winds this strong can down trees and limbs with local power outages possible. The winds can also make driving difficult, espeically for high profile vehicles, so please us extra caution.
Also, be aware of standing water on all roadways as there is a 100% chance of rain through Sunday.