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The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Surf Advisory from 10am Friday to 6am Saturday for seas 23 - 25 feet Friday Afternoon and 20-22 feet Saturday.

They have also issued a Coastal Flood Watch for Saturday Morning through Saturday afternoon.

They have issued a High Wind Watch for tonight into Saturday evening with sustained winds at 20-40 mph gusting to 45-55mph.

A Flood Watch has been issued for Saturday afternoon into Sunday night.


High Surf will make it extremely dangerous to fish or observe waves from rocks Friday afternoon through Saturday.  

Significant wave run up on beaches is likely. Potential significant beach erosion is possible.  Low lying coastal communities such as Westport, Ocean Shores, Taholah and possibly Aberdeen may see minor flooding around the Saturday morning high tide at 11am.

Heavy rain and gusty winds to 45-55 mph at the coast will accompany this event.

There is a Flood Watch in effect however, NO RIVERS in Grays Harbor County are forecast to flood.


A strong storm system will produce energetic 23 to 25 foot swells on Friday, decreasing to 20-22 feet on Saturday. This wave action will likely produce beach erosion along the coast on Friday and Saturday. An astronomical high tide is expected to occur 11 am Saturday morning at 11.4’ in Aberdeen. The combination of the high tide and the swell may produce some minor coastal flooding in areas such as Westport, Ocean Shores and possible low lying areas of Aberdeen.


The Clam Digs are all night digs. The Moon will be in the Waning Crescent, New Moon and Waxing Crescent phases making the beaches very dark with little to no moonlight, however, the surf will remain volatile and unpredictable for those along the beaches and jetties.

Friday, Dec. 19 -4:41pm

Saturday, Dec. 20 – 5:23pm

Sunday, Dec 21 – 6:06pm

Monday, Dec. 22 - 6:48pm

Tuesday, Dec 23 – 7:31pm

DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. Remain aware of children, pets and vehicles which could be caught in a far reaching wave. Waves will be strong enough to pull a person, pet or vehicle out to sea.   


In addition to the high swell, a high astronomical tide, (King Tide), is predicted Saturday morning along the Washington coast, and tides are running around a foot above predicted values. The King Tides are naturally occurring and are the highest tides of the year. King Tides will occur the entire weekend through Tuesday along the entire Washington Coast.  


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Division of Emergency Management

Emergency Management Role in Grays Harbor County

The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for developing and maintaining a Countywide infrastructure for emergency/disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

This is accomplished by means of a cooperative, multi-jurisdictional organization which includes the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores, Westport, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Quinault Indian Nation, all 15 County Fire Districts and every Grays Harbor County Department.

Emergency Operations Center


DEM is responsible for maintaining the EOC in a constant state of readiness. During a countywide disaster, the EOC becomes the hub of information gathering and dissemination, strategic decision making, resource allocation and incident coordination. Representatives from law enforcement, fire services and public health, environmental health, EMS, as well as other organizations from throughout the county work together to coordinate the response.

Division Functions

The Division of Emergency Management actively prepares for and participates in the following functions:
Disaster Planning
Disaster/Emergency Response Planning
Disaster/Emergency Recovery Planning
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Emergency Preparedness
Exercises for Disaster & Emergency Response
Hazardous Materials Response Planning
Public Education & Outreach
Responder Training


The StormReady program helps community leaders prepare their communities for severe weather. Severe weather includes thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, high heat, high winds, and extreme cold weather. Although no community is storm proof, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives through planning, education, and awareness.

TsunamiReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations by being sufficiently prepared to save lives in the event of a Tsunami through better planning, education and awareness. Although no community is tsunami proof, being TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to our community.

Grays Harbor County has received both designations of StormReady and TsunamiReady. DEM continues to work on planning, education and awareness.