The Pacific Northwest Area could be facing never seen before storms as meteorologists issue extreme weather warning.
Nature won’t be sparing anyone as after Hurricane Matthew has been keeping all eyes trained on it, a new series of hurricane level winds is expected to hit the Pacific Northwest area (PNW).
As the first series of future storm winds started blowing Wednesday over northern California, Washington, and Oregon, the worst is still yet to come according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The NWS draws attention to the fact that the potentially historic winds that are about to beat down on the area will not only cause wind-related damages, they will also bring high levels of rain and water and possible flooding is to be expected.
The storms will come with increased rain levels, could contribute to the formation of huge waves that in turn could cause coastal erosions in the affected areas.
As only Thursday afternoon came with over an inch of rain in coastal cities and towns, further inland locations, such as Portland and Seattle, are to expect a rain level of up to 3-5 inches.
As if the extreme wind force and increased rain levels were not enough, concerned authorities warn that the period’s most normal phenomena, the leaves falling, may just about cause the biggest harms.
As most trees still have their leaves or are just about to lose them, the lashing winds could cause them to either clog drains, increasing the flooding risks, or fall on power lines, which could cause power outages.
Although Seattle authorities dispatched special crews that have been cutting power line situated branches, some area of the city have already suffered from outages and are without electricity.
Unfortunately, even stronger winds and torrential rain are to be expected so more serious and widespread outages are possible in the near future.
Cliff Mass, an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington, draws attention to the fact that the massive storms heading inland originated from Typhoon Songda, which in itself is moving towards the PNW area as it is changing into a midlatitude, extratropical storm.
As the two storm systems are moving inland, Mass warns that both have probably retained some of their tropical properties and will most likely bring lots of moisture and feature strong low, tight pressure centers.
Weather is hard to predict and just as Hurricane Matthew changed its course and spared the in lands from the worst, so this new set of high wind and water level storms may skirt the area and head south or north.
Still, as all the Pacific Northwest area is probably going to be affected, residents are strongly suggested to stock up on products such as candles and batteries, clean their gutters and check their windows. They should also keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared with a storm kit.
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