South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency this morning that a high surf warning is in effect until 4 pm PST Saturday. Large swell generated by a storm in the Gulf of Alaska will build today and continue through Saturday, bringing dangerous surf conditions to the coast. The largest seas are expected to arrive this afternoon when 25 to 30 foot swell will begin to impact the coast. These waves will be very energetic as they move in the surf zone, pummeling the coast with large breakers as they move onshore. Heavy debris, such as logs, will be thrown around by the large waves making the surf zone especially hazardous. Hazards from high surf conditions along the shoreline will be enhanced during the high tides around 3 to 4 pm in the afternoon today and Saturday. The high tide during these times periods will cause the large waves to impact higher portions of the beaches than at other times of the day. Precautionary/Preparedness actions: A high surf warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the advisory area, producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion. It can be very dangerous to venture near the coast under high surf conditions. People have been swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf.Stay well back from the water’s edge and be alert for the exceptionally high wave. For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.
South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Health Department is planning to schedule H1N1 community clinics each Monday from 1-5 pm beginning November 9th. Clinics will be by appointment only. The clinics will be for those in the five priority groups according to the Center for Disease Control. The number of doses available will be limited and may vary from week to week depending on what is received from the manufacturer. North County Clinic Appointments – Please call (360) 875-9300 x2639 Monday-Friday between 9-12 and 1-4 Location – Pacific County Annex, 1216 West Robert Bush Drive, South Bend South County Clinic Appointments – Please call (360) 642-9349 (option 2) Monday-Thursday between 9-12 and 1-4 Location – South County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach To be eligible for the H1N1 vaccine you must be one of the following: · Pregnant · Health care or emergency service personnel with direct patient care · Household contact of an infant less than 6 months of age (parent, sibling, daycare provider) · Age 4-24 years · Age 25 through 64 with underlying health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza AND: · Be healthy at the time of vaccination and have no fever or respiratory illness · Have no sensitivity or allergy to foods (gelatin, eggs/egg protein), medication (gentamycin, Neosporin, polymyxin B, vaccine component), or have had a serious reaction to influenza vaccination in the past · Have not received antiviral medication for influenza (tamiflu, relenza) in the past two days Children under the age of 4 will not be vaccinated in these clinics. Please contact your private provider to have your child age 6 months to 4 years vaccinated. By late November the Pacific County Health Department hopes to be able to provide vaccine to anyone that is interested in being vaccinated, regardless of age or underlying health condition. We also plan to schedule school based clinics when adequate amounts of vaccine becomes available. We appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation. The Pacific County Health Department is working hard to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. We have provided a limited number of doses to private health care providers in our area and will continue to work with our providers to have vaccine available for use with their patients. If you need additional information about H1N1 influenza there is 24 hour information available in both English and Spanish at 888-703-4364. Information may also be obtained through the Washington State Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/.
South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service, Portland Office notified the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency of potential weather hazards that may affect the coastal areas over the next 24 hours. A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from Noon to 4:00 p.m. PST Thursday. A Coastal Flood Advisory means that there may be minor tidal overflow along low lying sections of the southwest coast, including the City of Raymond. A high tide of 10.3 feet with an anomaly of approximately one foot will bring the high tide level to 11.1 feet on Thursday afternoon. This may result in the closure of lanes of State Route 101, in the central Raymond area. The National Weather Service indicated that minor flooding is expected near the city. Tides will be lower at subsequent high tides. Residents should consult local tide tables for times and heights within their community. This event will likely be accompanied by a Pacific frontal system with high winds increasing Thursday morning through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch indicating that southeast winds will increase Wednesday evening reaching 20 – 30 mph around midnight as the front approaches the coast. By Thursday morning winds will shift to the south with sustained winds increasing to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Gusts to 60 mph are possible on the beaches and headlands from mid-morning Thursday, peaking Thursday afternoon as the front approaches landfall.
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