While the Midwest is getting rocked by one of the biggest snowstorms of the year, Washington was having their own form of weather problems. In the past day there has been over seven inches of heavy rainfall East of the Olympic Mountains up in Washington State. This sudden deluge of running water has immediately caused issues as many residents fear flooding.
Keppie Keplinger, an Emergency Management spokeswoman, rescue teams had been assembled in order to go door to door in affected neighborhoods. The primary fear is of the elderly being stranded by the sudden deluge with no way to get to help. As of now there have been no reported injuries and everyone that was stranded has been rescue.
Though Washington has been the most impacted state by these storms, many others have been dealing with the flooding as well. Heavy rain has been doing damage over California as well. There are projections that currently place about 10 inches of rain in the area and these could cause mudslides and even more flooding.
National Weather Service issued a flood warning until 4:30 p.m. Saturday for parts of Mason, Clallam, and Jefferson counties for flooding in and near Brinnon.
Heavy rainfall has increased the threat of landslides in western Washington.
Rains that began midweek are forecast to continue through the weekend, putting extra pressure on steep hillsides and unstable bluffs for days — even after rainfall ends.
According to kirotv, a record 1.03 inches of rain fell Thursday at Sea¬Tac Airport, breaking the record of .96 set in 1961. And a record 2.1 inches fell at Quillayute Airport on the coast, breaking the old record for the date of 1.35 inches set in 1999. An atmospheric river blowing into the Northwest also brings mild temperatures and a high snow level with heavy rain falling at both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes.
The cause of this sudden bout of flooding is a storm that rode up the West Coast. Nevada, Washington and California were those hit hardest by the winds and rain.
Mystery Ash Covers Parts Of Washington
Meanwhile a substance described as “white stuff” and “milky rain” is covering parts of Washington and Oregon states, but its origin is a mystery.
“We have received reports of ‘white stuff’ on vehicles. The ash is more than likely from the Volcano Shiveluch,” Washington state’s Walla Walla County Emergency officials said in statement.
The ash may be from another part of the world.
“The strong southerly flow from the jet stream could have brought it from an active volcano in southwest Colima, Mexico. But if we go farther west towards eastern Russia, there’s another active volcano there,” says CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam. The Mexican volcano is near Guadalajara and erupted Wednesday.
West Coast Storms Lead To Flooding In Washington