• Flooding, outages persist: Happening now and what's next

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    SEATTLE - Roads are closed by slides, some areas are underwater and thousands of customers are without power as rain continues in Western Washington and huge waves and flooding are expected on the coast. 

     What you need to know:

    Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency on Wednesday night in wake of the series of severe storms across the state.

    As rain picks up Thursday, those who live along the Chehalis River, where many homes are surrounded by water, are preparing for the possibility of more flooding as rain continues.

    Mudslides remain a possibility as rain continues to saturate already soaked hillsides and a wind advisory is in effect north and east of Seattle. To read about the tornado in Battle Ground, click here.


    Warnings and advisories

    Coastal flood warning

    A coastal flood warning is in effect for the Washington coast and coastal flood advisories are in effect for the inland shorelines.

    The National Weather Service says coastal flooding is expected along the Washington Coast, while minor flooding is expected along the inland shorelines Thursday.  

    Forecasters say low pressures will raise water levels along the coast and the inland waters around Thurday's high tide compounded by giant waves. Flooding is likely in Aberdeen and other towns around Grays Harbor. Read full story here.

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    Wind advisory

    A wind advisory was in effect for the east Puget Sound lowlands until 10 a.m. Thursday, with sustained southeast winds from 20 to 35 mph expected with gusts up to 55 mph. Some affected locations are North Bend, Enumclaw and Buckley.

    Western Whatcom and Skagit counties, as well San Juan County, have wind advisories in effect until 10 p.m. Southeast winds from 20 to 30 mph are expected with gusts up to 45 mph. Some affected locations are Bellingham, Friday Harbor, Oak Harbor, Anacortes and Everett.

    The strongest wind will be near the entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.

    Flood advisories

    Flood advisories are in effect for the following rivers: Chehalis River at Centralia, Grand Mound and  Porter, Cowlitz River at Randle,  Cedar River in Renton, Green River near Auburn, and the Skookumchuck River near Bucoda.  

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    Flood warnings

    Flood advisories are in effect for the following rivers: Green River near Auburn affecting King County, Snohomish River near Monroe affecting Snohomish County, Snohomish River at Snohomish affecting Snohomish County, and Snoqualmie River near Carnation affecting King County.

    Winter weather advisory in mountains

    A winter weather advisory in effect for the Cascades and Olympics, where 5 to 12 inches of snow is expected at the lower passes and 10 to 17 inches around the Mount Baker Ski area and the Paradise Ranger Station.


    Downed trees

    Trees have dropped in many places around the eastside and the Puget Sound region.

    KIRO 7 News' Alison Grande talked to a Bellevue couple. The man said he held his wife as a huge tree slammed into their home.

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    A tree went through the roof in Shelton, but everyone in the home is OK.

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    Twenty-eight roads in King County are closed in part because downed trees. Scroll down to read them.


    Road closures

    Interstate and highway closures or significant traffic events are listed below as of 5:01 p.m. Thursday, according to Washington Department of Transportation.

    Chelan County

    • US 2 Leavenworth: REOPENED 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 Both directions of US 2 in Tumwater Canyon (mileposts 87-99), west of Leavenworth, are blocked due to a mudslide. There's a detour using the Chumstick Highway (from Coles Corner to Leavenworth) available to cars only.

    Clark and Cowlitz Counties

    • I-5 Woodland - UPDATE 12:50 p.m. Dec. 10: All lanes of NB I-5 near Dike Road are blocked by a debris slide and remain closed as of Thursday afternoon. Crews are working to open one lane of travel by late Thursday night, but do not have an exact ETA. No established detour around the closure, use alternate routes. (To check if Hwy 30 in Oregon is open, consult the ODOT TripCheck page.)
    • SR 14 E of Washougal - CLEARED 1:45 p.m. Dec. 9: Both directions of SR 14 east of Washougal are being alternated around a debris slide, blocking the westbound lane. Use caution and expect delays.

    Cowlitz County

    • I-5 Kalama: The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Kalama (exit 30) is closed due to flooding. Drivers should plan an alternate route.
    • SR 411 - CLEARED 3:35 p.m. Dec. 10: Previous Message: Slide on SR 411 is blocking southbound at milepost 6.2 near Hazel Dell Road.

    King County

    • US 2 W of Stevens Pass - CLEARED 5:15 p.m. Dec. 8: US 2 is reduced to one lane both directions just west of Stevens Pass (MP 64) due to a mudslide.
    • SR 18: - CLEARED 6:45 a.m. Dec. 10: Right lane of the westbound direction is closed under SR 167 due to water over the road.
    • SR 18 Auburn - 9:39 a.m. Dec. 9: The right lane of eastbound SR 18 near the Green River Bridge is closed for roadway repairs.
    • SR 99 SeaTac - CLEARED 5:48 a.m.: The left lane in each direction of SR 99 near 14th Avenue South is blocked due to water on the roadway.
    • I-5 Seattle - CLEARED 7:25 a.m. Dec. 9: The ramp from northbound I-5 to Edgar Martinez Drive is blocked due to water on the roadway.
    • SR 169 Maple Valley - CLEARED 5:45 a.m. Dec. 10: Both directions of SR 169 from Cedar Grove to SE Jones Road are closed due to water on the roadway.
    • SR 202 - REOPENED 2:50 p.m. Dec. 10: All lanes now open. Traffic was alternating at milepost 25.5 near the Snoqualmie north city limit to the roundabout between Fall City and Snoqualmie. Earlier, both directions were closed due to water over the road.
    • SR 203: CLEARED 8:24 p.m. Dec. 9: The road is now open. SR 203 was closed due to water over the road from milepost 0 to milepost 4 near Fall City.
    • SR 203 Duvall: CLEARED - 5:00 p.m. Dec. 10 - Both directions now open. Both directions from NE Cherry Valley Road to Cherry Valley Road had been closed due to water on the roadway.

    Kittitas County

    • I-90 near Easton - CLEARED: Eastbound I-90 is closed at Easton (mp 70) for debris cleanup from heavy rain and water over the roadway.

    Lewis County

    • SR 6 Chehalis: REOPENED 8:48 a.m. Dec. 10 - Both directions of SR 6 are closed near Twin Oaks Road, west of Chehalis, due to water over the roadway. A detour is in place taking Twin Oaks to Froggner to Penning, or the reverse of that, depending on direction of travel.
    • SR 7 Morton: Both directions of SR 7 near Klasey Road are blocked by trees and power lines over the roadway.
    • US 12 Randle: REOPENED - 8:48 a.m. Dec. 10: Both directions of US 12 are closed near SR 131 due to flooding. A detour is available via Silverbrook for trucks and SUVs only.
    • SR 131 SB - UPDATE 3:35 p.m. Dec. 10: Water over Roadway on SR 131 southbound at milepost 0.5 near Siler Creek to Hampton Rd has the road closed. There is also standing water at milepost 1.7 near the Cowlitz River. Use caution and alternate routes if known.
    • SR 508 Morton: CLEARED 7 a.m. Dec. 10 - The westbound lane of SR 508 near DAy Road, west of Morton, is blocked due to a debris slide. Use caution and expect delays.

    Lewis and Yakima Counties

    • US 12 in Lewis and Yakima counties - UPDATE 1:10 p.m. Dec. 10: Washouts on both sides of White Pass keep US 12 closed indefinitely, with no scheduled re-opening at this point. Both directions of US 12 are closed between SR 123 (mp 138) and the Wildcat Creek (below the tunnel at mp 165). Local access is only allowed between Wildcat Creek and Oak Creek Feeding Station  (mp 183).
    • SR 508 near Cinebar: REOPENED 8:48 a.m. Dec. 10: Both directions of SR 508 near Studhalter Road are blocked by trees and power lines over the roadway. 

    Pierce County

    • I-5 Milton - CLEARED 3 p.m. Dec. 10: I-5: Right lane of southbound I-5 closed in at milepost 138.9 near 70th Ave in Milton.
    • SR 162 South Prairie - CLEARED 1:20 p.m. Dec. 9: Both directions of SR 162 from milepost 12.6 to 17.3 at South Prairie are closed due to water over the roadway.

    Skagit County

    • SR 11 near Samish - CLEARED 10:23a.m. Dec. 9: There is a mudslide blocking all lanes at milepost 12. There is also a tree blocking the roadway.

    Skamania County

    • SR 141 near Trout Lake - 8:06 a.m. Dec. 9: SR 141 is closed in both directions due to water over the roadway from milepost 23 near Trout Lake to milepost 25.3 near Randle Road / Forestry Road #88.

    Snohomish County

    • US 2 Lake Stevens – CLEARED 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10: The eastbound US 2 ramp at 20th Street SE has reopened. Earlier, there was a crane on the roadway for driftwood removal. The shoulder driving lane that is usually open in the afternoon has also reopened.

    Thurston County

    • SR 507 near Bucoda - CLEARED 11:00 a.m. Dec. 9: SR 507 near Bucoda in southern Thurston County is closed at milepost 7 due to high water. A signed detour is available.
    • US 12 near Rochester - 6:59 a.m. .Dec. 10: Both directions of US 12 at Moon Rood is closed due to water over the roadway at milepost 39.8.

    Wahkiakum County

    • SR 4 both directions - CLEARED 4:25 pm Dec. 10: Previous Message: Closure on SR 4 both directions at milepost 13.0 near Seal River Road to milepost 15.

    Yakima County

    • SR 410 near Whistlin Jacks - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9: SR 410 has water and rocks over the roadway at milepost 97 near Whistlin Jacks. Maintenance is moving equipment to clear the road. The closure point on SR 410 has been moved back to Bumping River road.

    Power outages

    More than 21,000 customers were without power on Thursday morning. Some of the areas with the most outages include North Bend, Renton, Woodinville, Des Moines and Issaquah, where a power pole fell and is blocking Issaquah-Hobart Road, which will be closed until Thursday evening.

    Nearly 9,000 remained without power as of 3:30 p.m.

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    Flooding

    Floodwater covered roadways and surrounded homes in southwestern Washington as people braced for more heavy rain.

    The Chehalis River crested around the Centralia and Chehalis area early Thursday morning. While waters are now receding; the levels are going down slowly.

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    Thursday afternoon the county’s emergency operations center and the temporary shelter for evacuees were both deactivated. Click here to read the full story.

    The Snohomish River crested Wednesday night in Snohomish but by Thursday night had not receded much.
     
    If this were the only flood people along the Snohomish were dealing with that wouldn’t be so bad, but we were in this exact spot three weeks ago when the water was even higher. Click here to read the full story.


    General weather outlook

    While flooding continues to be serious in areas such as the Snoqualmie Valley, Chehalis and Pacific, forecasters say continuing rainfall won’t add to flooding issues, but it will be breezy Thursday in east King County and north of Seattle as thousands remain without power.

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    Flood waters will continue to recede on Thursday on most rivers, except the Chehalis in southwest Washington, but flood warnings are still in effect for several rivers.

    The National Weather Service says there will be dangerous flooding on the south Washington coast Thursday, where large waves will batter normally dry areas along the coastline.

    Showers that will move through the Puget Sound region could be heavy at times, but won’t be as prolonged as what was seen on Wednesday.  Snow falling instead of rain in the mountains, where a winter weather advisory is in effect, will help alleviate pressure on rivers.

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    “The wind will increase this morning and into the afternoon, especially east and north of Seattle, but everyone will have the potential for gusts in the 40 mph range,” said KIRO 7 Meteorologist Nick Allard.

    On Friday, there will be rain in the morning with showers and sunbreaks for the afternoon.  It will be another rainy and breezy to windy day on Saturday, with more snow falling in the mountains.  Sunday and Monday look much calmer.

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