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Monday, March 3, 2014

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA 1137 AM PST MON MAR 3 2014 WAZ001-503>512-514>517-050030- SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR- EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY- EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA- ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA- EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST- 1137 AM PST MON MAR 3 2014 ...HEAVY RAINFALL WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY WILL LEAD TO INCREASE RISK OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON... RAINFALL OF 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER THE PAST COUPLE DAYS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL OF INCHES 1 TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN WILL PUT EXTRA PRESSURE ON SOIL INSTABILITY...LEADING TO AN INCREASED RISK OF LANDSLIDES. CUMULATIVE RAINFALL OVER THE LAST WEEK HAS SOAKED SOILS TO THE POINT WHERE THE WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE RISK IS AT ELEVATED LEVELS. LANDSLIDES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON...INCLUDING NEAR NORTH BEND. MORE LANDSLIDES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. WITH AN ELEVATED LANDSLIDE RISK...RAINFALL INDUCED LANDSLIDES ARE POSSIBLE DURING BURSTS OF INTENSE RAINFALL OR WHEN THERE IS HEAVY RAINFALL OVER A PERIOD OF A DAY OR TWO AS NOTED IN THE FORECAST ELEVATED RISK LEVEL. A GRADUALLY DIMINISHING RISK OF LANDSLIDES WILL CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER THE RAIN ENDS. AREAS MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO LANDSLIDES UNDER THESE CONDITIONS ARE STEEP COASTAL BLUFFS AND OTHER STEEP HILLSIDES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CURRENT CONDITIONS...VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE...SELECT HYDROLOGY...AND THEN SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LINKS TO THE LANDSLIDE INFORMATION PAGES. TO REPORT LANDSLIDES TO THE STATE FOR TABULATION...GO TO THE WASHINGTON STATE LANDSLIDE RISK WEB PAGE AND THE LINK FOR REPORTING. $$ WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

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