Heavy rains trigger flooding and evacuations in Pacific Northwest

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An “atmospheric river event” was bringing record rain, flooding, landslides and powerful winds to parts of the Pacific Northwest on Monday night. National Weather Service,

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why it matters: The NWS warns that the tail end of the atmospheric river, while packing large amounts of moisture, has been dumping heavy rain over the past several weeks into Canada in the northwestern US and British Columbia “with one last strong push coming soon”. Is.”

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  • Thousands of people were without power overnight and at least one person was reported missing, as extreme storm systems hit areas beset by wildfire smoke and extremely dry conditions last summer.

of note: Washington state has been particularly badly hit by heavy rains and flooding – prompting the closure of all schools in the Bellingham, Washington, district due to “dangerous travel conditions” on Interstate 5 via Bellingham on Monday. as a temporarily closed part. AP Notes,

  • governor Jay Inslee declared A state of severe weather emergency in 14 western Washington counties late Monday, and one Estimated 90,000 Customers There was power failure in the state on Tuesday morning as well.
  • Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that Deputy O.saving people Everson is stranded in the area, and police said a man had gone missing after being washed away by floodwaters in the city.
  • Skagit County Unified Command declared a state of emergency for officers in Hamilton and Mount Vernon on Sunday Evacuate recommended residents In between when the Skagit River was hit by a “major flood” and forecasts were that it would reach “near record flood levels”. NWS noted Monday.

By numbers: The area west of the Forks in Quillayute received the highest single-day rainfall on Monday, with 4.01 inches of rain, according to the NWS.

  • Bellingham, also in Washington state, experienced daily record rainfall on Sunday, when 2.78 inches fell. The city saw a further fall of 1.89 inches on Monday.
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During this, Gusts of 58 mph were reported at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday. per AP,

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in Canada, The entire city of Merritt and several other British Columbia communities were evacuated, as flooding forced the closure of parts of Highway 1 in the province, CBC News reports,

  • A shelter in the area that is welcoming hurricane rescue is still hosting members of the Lytton First Nation, who were displaced after massive wildfires, CBS News notes.
  • Prime minister Justin Trudeau tweeted That his government stands ready to “provide whatever assistance is needed to deal with and recover from floods and this extreme weather” in British Columbia.

what to expect: “Most of the precipitation due to saturated plains is moving along the swollen rivers in western Washington and the northern Washington Cascades,” the NWS said in a Tuesday morning update.

  • Gusts of 50-70 mph with gusts of 80-100 mph were possible for northern Montana, while 30-50 to 70 mph winds were expected to spread eastward into western North Dakota by Tuesday. was anticipated – leading to strong wind warnings and red flag fire concerns. , according to the weather service.
  • Oregon’s Coast Can Experience till the gusts 50 to 70 mph.

Bottom-line: Andrew Friedman of Nerdshala notes, the odds are placed in favor of extremes due to climate change.


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