Not Just Seattle Rain in Washington

Published 1/8/2022 1630 hours PT

WASHINGTON STATE — Us locals would hear all the time how about how much is rains in Seattle and not to go there because of too much rain. We would respond, we don’t melt, we rust.

Never drive around barricades. A picture shows a road closed sign and "high water" next to it.
Credit: NOAA

Unfortunately, it has all come to light as the truth but not just in Seattle, but everywhere in Washington. First, it was the snow and now the rain. It is way too much of a good thing for our roadways, ground, and other areas where flooding is now the new trend.

Here is a recap of what has been happening and what areas, hillsides, and roadways are currently impacted. Tips by local agencies are also included in this post.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE | 3 Ways to Apply for Disaster Aid | Online,, FEMA App by downloading the free app and/or Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA)or TTY 800-462-7585. – FEMA Region 10



A portion of I-5 was closed on Friday at the exit of 77 near Chehalis due to the Chehalis River overflowing its banks and reaching the freeway.

Credit: WSDOT

As you can see in the image (left) most of the lanes on the right side of the image are blocked and this is very dangerous, so WSDOT officials had no choice but to close the roadway to protect motorists.

The National Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers put together free sandbags for residents in Chehalis and Centralia on January 7th.

Would you be able to recognize a hillside, which may be ready to slide at any minute? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit and evacuation plan? How about recognizing the risks to your home, property, or valued assets? Here are some tips on what can help you with recognizing if you, your family, and your home are in the danger zone and how to mitigate the risks.

If you suspect active landslide movement, evacuate and contact your local fire, police, emergency manager, or public works department.

Landslide Public Service Announcement presented by the King County Emergency Operations Center can be found here –>

A hillside shows dips. Look for tilting of trees, foundation issues, doors that can’t close, sagging utility lines.
Credit: WA DNR

The Yard Birds Mall located in Chehalis was closed on January 7th, due to store owners could not get into the parking lot safely due to area flooding.


City of Cosmopolis

One resident in this small town is said to have been inside his vehicle, about 100 yards from his driveway was swept away by strong moving floodwaters and quickly submerged into deep water, according to the Sheriff’s Department. When waters receded, his vehicle was pulled from the water and the driver was pronounced as deceased. Firefighters from Grays Harbor Fire District 15 and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident on Saturday, January 8th at 0900 hours.

Note: Firefighters with the Cosmopolis VFD are no longer providing fire suppression, EMS, and HAZMAT services due to a dispute with their current city mayor, resulting in the last 12 volunteer firefighters resigning their positions on December 31, 2021. The City Mayor declared an emergency proclamation and is currently contracting with outside agencies for services to its residents.

Ocean Shores

On Saturday, just before 0800 hours PT, SR109 was closed due to standing water north of Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County.


Credit: KCFD2


King County Fire District #2 were on the scene on Friday of a landslide at SW 175th and in the 2100 block of Sylvester Road SW, which blocked both directions of the roadway on Friday, January 7th.

South Park

Flooding occurred in the South Park area on January 7th, prompting multiple streets to be closed.

Credit: WSDOT


Near Rochester

Just after 1420 hours on Saturday, WSDOT Tacoma Maintenance workers and local fire agencies in the area were reporting vehicles and semis on I-5 NB at the Lewis County Line and I-5 SB at Maytown instead of using US 12 near Rochester as getting stuck and unable to turnaround. US 12 is closed at Moon Road and WSP requests you use alternate routes. They are urging drivers not to go around road closures and barricade signage.


Reiter Foothills State Park

WA DNR closed the popular Reiter Foothills State Park in the County of all rec park users due to snow and ice. Officials said the parking areas were inaccessible and the county road is impassable at this time.

The park was closed on Friday, January 7, 2022.

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Reiter Foothills State Forest

Capitol State Forest

WA DNR also closed the A-line entrance to Capitol State Forest at the Straddleline ORV Park Entrance/A just off of SR8 due to road damage caused by flooding. The area is accessible via the Rock Candy Trailhead entrance.


Forecasted King Tides along with wind, melting snow and continued heavy rain arrived higher than expectations and caused area flooding. Roads were closed while others had “water over roadways” signage alerting drivers were seen in impacted areas. on Friday.

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Credit: Whatcom County


North Fork Stillaguamish River, Snohomish County.

March 2014: SR530, OSO. 262 acres of landslide and debris at the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. 43 deaths, partially dammed river, destroyed 49 homes. Cut off access for nearly two months. Estimated property loss and damage at over $80,000,000.

2006: Hazel Landslide. OSO. 1,000 feet long and 1,000 feet wide with approximately 2 million yards of volume which would partially dam the river. No fatalities. The same thing occurred but was less significant and with the same name for the landslide but this occurred in 1988.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

Flood Watch | Alerts | News | 2

UPDATE 2 — November 15, 2021 — Monday — 2115 PT

Today, was definitely no typical Monday as winds blew through parts of Washington into Canada, rain overwhelmed areas causing flooding and potential failing levees with concerns of major washing out of towns and cities along rivers.

Here is the latest on what has been happening all over.


1945 | Burlington | WSP

Note to Drivers: “A bus is not a boat. A bus cannot float. If you are a car, you are not a boat. If you are a car, you cannot float.”



1744 | Spokane County | NWS Spokane



1950 | Skagit County Public Works | Road Closures

We’ve updated our county road closures list. Next update will be around 4am on Tuesday, 11/16 @wsdot_north@waEMD@RandySmall@KGMIRadio@bhamMitty

1834 | Skagit County Public Works | Flood Updates

We’ve posted an update on Whatcom County’s flood response efforts:

1722 | WSDOT | Road Closures

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Time To #PrepareNOW

WASHINGTON STATE — It’s that time again, where we seem to be seeing a lot of rain down in the lowlands and snow on our mountaintops! Are you ready for any type of disaster (flooding, fire, snow, landslides, etc.)? Here are some helpful resources to assist you in getting prepared for any type of emergency situation.


Traffic Alerts

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Power Outages

@PSETalk: | PSE

@SEACityLight; | Seattle City Light


(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog — 11/14/2021 — 2345 PT

Update 2 | February 7, 2020 | Washington State

Thank you for following our Blog posts about adverse weather conditions in Washington State. All information is gleaned from verified sources from government, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management and other public information.

We will try to list the source where the information is bein received from in a Sit Rep format gleaned from all Social Media channels being broadcasted from.


Weather Fact |Our soggy weather has been sent with a red bow on top all the way from the tropical (U.S.) State of Hawaii.  – Source:  NWS Seattle




Road Closures

SE Lake Holm Road between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST


Road Closures

Enumclaw Franklin Rd SE between Franklin Ridge gravel pit and SE Green River Gorge Road | Damaged roadway | 2/7/2020 1205 PST

Turn around

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Open 24/7.  Empty sandbags and sand provided by County. Self-service. Max 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Water Facts | 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars – Weather Alert



Road Closures

310th Ave NE between NE Carnation Farms Rd and SR 203 (including NE 60th St) | Water over roadway | 2-7 1355 PST

NE 100th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 1024 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 x NE Tolt Hill Rd | Water over roadway | 2-1745 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Carnation Public Works | 33100 NE 45th St.  | Hours:  Weekdays from 0800 – 1630 PST.  Empty bags and sand provided.


Water Fact | A foot of water will float most vehicles. – Weather Alert



Road Closures

EB lanes on Coal Creek Pkwy from 124th Ave SE to Factoria Blvd | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST | Source & Photo Credit:  City of Bellevue Transportation


SE Newport Way from SE 42nd Pl to 133rd Ave SE | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

Intersection of 134th Ave SE x SE 42nd St | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

SB Coal Creek Parkway. Both lanes. | Downed tree and power lines over roadway | 2-7 2037 PST

Open Roadways

SE 7th Place, east of Lake Hills Connector | OPEN | was closed 2-5 due to flooding | 2-7 0630 PST


Photo Credit: City of Bellevue Transportation Department (E of the Lake Hills Connector on 2/5/2020)


Flooding Images

The rising of the river is being captured by many photographers as records are being broken all over the State.  Here is a video clip showing extreme flooding. | Video Credit:  City of Duvall

SR 410 X MP 38


Road Closures

A major landslide shutdown this busy thoroughfare. | Photo Credit: WSP Sgt. Zimmerman & Courtesy of  WSP Trooper / PIO Rick Johnson




Road Closures

SE David Powell  Rd x Preston Fall City Rd SE  | Landslide | 2-7 0015 PST

316th Av SE x SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE | Water over the roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

SE 308th St  between SR 202 x SE 31st St | Water over roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

Neal Road SE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 33719 SE 44th Place | Open 24/7.  Empty bags and sand provided by County. Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

Water Fact | 2 Feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and Trucks. – Weather Alert


Road Closures

Dorre Don Way SE x 230th Ave SE | Water over raodway | 2-7 1315 PST

Maxwell Rd SE between SE Lake Francis and 220th Ave SE | Erosion of roadway | 2-7 1117 PST

Lower Dorre Don Way SE between Upper Dorre Don Way SE to Dorre Don Way SE (the loop) | 2-7 0620 PST


Road Closures

Cedar Falls Rd SE x SE 177th St | Water over roadway | 2-7-2020 1050 PST

428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd | 2/6/2020 1215 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of North Bend City Hall | 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.  | Hours: Monday-Thursday 0830 – 1600 PST, Friday 0830 – 1200 PST.  | Empty sandbags and sand provided by City.  Self-service.  Shovels available. Check in City Hall before bagging.  Bags available after hours when the EOC is open due to flooding.


Road Closures

W Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd x 3rd Ave SW | Water over roadway | 2-6 1600 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Pacific | 130 3rd Ave SE. (Across from Police Station) | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand available.  Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Road  Closures

SE 309th St between 335 Ave SE to W to end of road | Landslide | 2-7 1852 PST


Road Closures

NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0930 PST

204th Pl NE between NE 67th St x SR 202 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0845 PST

Park / Trail Closures


Photo Credit | City of Redmond

Sammamish River Trail at Leary Way | Standing water

Farrel-McWhirter Park | some interior trails closed

Redmond West Wetlands

Bear Creek Trail between Redmond Way and Avondale way

Evan’s Creek Trail from Perrigo Park South to the raised boardwalk area | Water over boardwalk

Bear Creek Bridge on the Puget Sound Energy Trail

Water Safety

The rain is continuing to fall and we want to remind you to avoid driving, walking or riding through standing water. | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Redmond Image

Turnaround, Don’t Drown

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind drivers to never drive around any road closure signs present on flooded roadways.  | Photo Credit:  RPD. Photo taken on February 5th of NE 95th St, east of Willows Road.


Landslide Awareness

Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

Release date:
October 17, 2017
Release Number:
R2 DR 4339-PR FS 009
  • Changes in your landscape such as patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes (especially the places where runoff water converges) land movement, small slides, flows, or progressively leaning trees.
  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilt or move.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • Collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flow can be seen when driving (embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides).

After the Landslide

  • Go to a designated public shelter if you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.   | Source & Photo Credit:  FEMA via City of Redmond / Photo Courtesy



Road Closures

SE Jones Rd between #18631 x SR 169 | Landslide | 2-6 2024 PST


Landslides in Fire / Disaster Images

(L) This photo was taken on February 5, 2020, of a landslide on the WB side of Maple Valley Hwy and across 1.5 lanes.  It would take fire crews and mutual approximately 3-4 hours to remove it.  Mud and debris impacted drivers on the highway and forcing officials to close it protecting the motoring public.  | Photo Credit:  Renton Fire / RFA PIO

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 155 Monroe Ave NE | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand provided. Self-service. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Sandbag Distribution Centers

Delridge Community Center | 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106. | Filled sandbags. Self-service. 25 max per household or business.

Helene Madison Pool | 13401 Meridian N, 98133 | Same messaging.

South Park Neighborhood | 731 S Sullivan, 98108 | Same messaging.

Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 | Same messaging.


Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 74212 Old Cascade Hwy | Open 24/7 | Self-servce. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Road Closures

SE Reinig Rd from the City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Dr SE | 2-6 1115 PST

W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE at NE 124 | 2-7 2110 PST

Traffic camera: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE at NE 124th St

Photo Credit | KC DOT

Restricted Roadways

356th Dr SE, N of #4030 | 1 lane closed due to road failure. 1 lane open and alternating traffic. Expet long delays. | 2-6 2142 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Snoqualmie. | 38190 SE Mill Pond Rd. | Weekdays from 0700 – 1500 PST  | Must call Public Works at 425-831-4919 for an apoointment to pick-up sand and bags. During flooding, call the EOC at 425-888-5911 for sandbags.


Road Closures

Weather Forecast – Snow

Reports of up to 14″ of new snow on the Pass from 2300 hours on Thursday and Friday were reported by law enforcement. Chain enforcement was scheduled at 1600 hours to midnight on eastbound on I-90 over the pass.  | Source:  WSP PIO / Trooper Rick Johnson


Flooding Impacts

The Falls are yet again overflowing at a high rate of speed and splash.  This image shows the magnitude of flooding we are experiencing and showing us its dangers of the rate of speed and splash.   | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Snoqualmie


Weather Forecast – Snow

This also includes Snoqualmie Pass.  Snow levels are expected to drop by early Saturday morning. 12-18″ expected are possible. | Source & Photo Credit:  NWS Seattle




Road Closures

PUYALLUP RIVER | Roads, Surface Water and Emergency Management crews and personnel were busy with damage assessments from flooding in various areas.  This was conducted across the whole County.  Currently, there are on-going repairs in progress on the the Puyallup River Levy above Orting within two hours after the discovery of the damage.




One of Pierce County’s Executives, Bruce Dammeier was out with crews for the full day observing damage assessments and excellent / tireless efforts by crews to fix roadways and other major maintenance. | Photo Credit:  Pierce Co. Government. Source:  PC Exec Bruce Dammeier.


Damage Assessments

SR 162  | Images show extensive impacts on SR 162.  Photo taken on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  | Source / Photo Credit:  East Pierce Firefighters, IAFF Local 3520



Road Service Helpline

KING COUNTY | 206-477-8100, 800-527-627 | King County Road Services Helpline – 24/7 .  Website:×7-helpline.aspx  Sign-up for road alerts at

Life-Threatening Medical / Fire Hazard or Criminal Act in Progress/Occurred

9-1-1 | Emergencies only  for FIRE, EMS, POLICE.


Water Safety

As the rain continues, follow safe guidelines: do NOT walk or drive across flooded roads; gather emergency supplies and follow local updates; use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. | Source:  King County Public Health



Issaquah Creek

Cars are submerged in flood waters in Issaquah as Issaquah Creek continues to rise up quickly. Current was reported as being very strong. ” | News Media on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 2/7/2020 2315 PST




Washington State Hit by Adverse Weather | 1

You think that the other Washington’s politics are bad.  Try living in our Washington State and dealing with one storm after another and there appears to be another one heading our way.

King County

As of 10pm, the following have been closed:

  • SE Jones Rd between #18631 and SR 169 (Renton area)
  •  Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd and 3rd Ave SW
  • 428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd (North Bend)
  • West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE between NE Novelty Hill Rd and NE 80th St
  • SE Reinig Rd from City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Drive SE
  • 316th Ave SE and SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE
  • SE 308th ST between SR 202 and SE 31st St
  • NE 100th ST between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd
  • NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and SR 203
  • 204th Pl NE between NE 67th St and SR 202
  • NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE
  • 312th Ave SE between 316th Pl NE and Upper Preton Rd SE
  • Neal Rd SE at SR 203
  • SE Lake Holm Rd between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd
  • Issaquah Hobart Rd SE between SE May Valley Rd and Issaquah City limits (SE 96th St)
  • W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 and NE Tolt Hill Rd
  • SE 24th St between 309th Ave SE and 316th Ave SE
  • SE Issauquah-Fall City Rd between SE Duthie Hill Rd and 274th Ave SE
  • NE 80th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and Ames Lake Carnation Rd NE
  • Dike Rd between Preston Fall City Rd to end of route
  • NE 165th between 179th Pl NE and Avondale Rd NE
  • SE Middle Fork Rd at mile marker 9.6
  • SE Fish Hatchery Rd between 361st Ave SE and 372nd Ave SE
  • SR 900 closed from NW Talus Dr to SE May Valley Road (Issaquah)


Residents are being advised to stay alert to changing river and weather conditions. Be prepared to respond quickly.  (King County, WA)


The City is reporting seeing a lot of traffic coming into their city limits to try to access northbound SR 203 but it is closed and cannot be accessed to reaching Monroe or Snohomish County.  (City of Duvall)


2/6/2020 – 1:00 pm – The Issaquah-Hobart Road at May Valley Road was closed due to a large landslide.  The King County Road crews were out in force with lots of personnel and large equipment trying to remove the rocks and debris blocking the culvert.  Some of the rocks were as large as basketballs! (KC Road Services)

Around the same time, water was running high underneath a bridge prompting multiple calls to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel including a Rescue team to search an apartment complex for possible trapped residents and pets.


11 residents were safely evacuated including several children and animals.  (Photo credit/source:  Eastside Fire & Rescue)


Free sandbags are available 24/7 at the King County Roads facility at 20827 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Renton.  There is a 25-bag limit per vehicle.

North Bend

Sand and sandbags were made available at 1:30pm until 5pm on Thursday, February 6th to North Bend residents.  You can pick up these at the Public Works facility on Friday, February 7th from 8am – noon, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend. Bring your own shovel and truck. They will supply the sand and bags.

“Snoqualmie River is currently at Flood Phase 2, meaning that lowland flooding may occur. Currently, there are no roads closed in North Bend. The Park & Ride lot across from the Pour House is closed due to flooding.” (City of North Bend)


The following Rivers at various flood stages:

Phase 4: Cedar River

Phase 3: Issaquah Creek, Green River, Tolt River

Phase 2: Snoqualmie River, White River


Flood Warning Center | 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263.  Click on name of river for further information.

Sandbag distribution |  (King County)

National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA) | 888-379-9531

King Conty Metro Alerts | 206-553-3000

American Red Cross (King/Kitsap Counties) | 206-323-2345

Additional flood related Important Contact Phone Numbers |

King County Office of Emergency Management | 206-296-3830

King County Stormwater services | 206-477-4811. After business hours, call 206-477-8100.

King County Solid Waste Division | 206-477-4466 or 800-325-6165.

King County Public Health (Seattle/King County) | 206-296-4600

Additional links, Important phone numbers |


More updates will be coming as we are gleaning news, resources and alerts to bring to you throughout the day and evening.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/7/2020 00:50 PST




Significant Historical Events | On This Day in History | August 28th

Looking back into the past gives an eyewitness account of the amazing force of nature from Earthquakes, Hurricanes, major flooding, illnesses breaking out to many other Disasters hitting us here in the United States and around the Globe.
Here are the countless events that took place TODAY, on this day and the year the they occurred.
SOUTH DAKOTA – The first known photograph of a tornado near Howard.

The 1st known photograph of a tornado, taken in 1884 by F.N. Robinson

Credit:  FN Robinson/NWS.

GEORGIA & SOUTH CAROLINA – A hurricane killed at least 1,000 people in both states.
MASSACHUSETTS – Conflagration fire destroys 44 buildings and kills 2 in Hull.
LOUISIANA – 55.9 cm or 22 inches fall on Hackberry and is recorded as the state record.
MEXICO – An 6.8 M earthquake epicenter in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527 people and injuring 1,000 more.
GELDERLAND – Train crash in Nijmegen, Gelderland (near the German border) killing 7.
USA – The US national Centers for Disease Control, noting a high incidence of Kaposi’s sarcoma and pneumococcus in homosexual men, announced a medical task force had been formed to find out why. It was later determined the increased number of illnesses was caused by AIDS.
ITALY – The Italian Air Force acrobatic team known as F recce Tricolor i was flying 10 Aermacchi MB-339 (a subsonic trainer/light attack jet) at the Ramstein Air Show when 3 of the planes collided and crashed, killing all 3 pilots.  67 spectators were killed and 1,000 people injured with 346 with serious injuries.  It was the worst up to the year of 2002.
ILLINOIS – A tornado claimed the lives of 29 and injured more than 300 Northern Illinois.
NEW YORK – Aug 28, In NYC 5 subway riders were killed after subway motorman Robert Ray fell asleep drunk while in control of a train. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1992 and sentenced to 15 years. He was set free in 2001 for good behavior.
FLORIDA – The US government mounted two huge relief operations, rushing food and drinking water to hurricane-ravaged Florida.
AFRICA – US cargo planes landed in Somalia with tons of food for African famine victims.
WEST CHINA – 223 are killed when a dam breaks in Qinghai in West China.
BELGIUM – Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for  90 minutes.
USA – West Nile Virus claims two more lives.   This was by far the worst year with 425 reported cases in the U.S.
ENGLAND – An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London’s underground rail network to a halt.
LOUISIANA –  Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate evacuation for all of New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane Katrina bore down with wind revved up to nearly 175 mph and a threat of a massive storm surge.
CUBA – Tropical Storm Ernesto hit Cuba west of the US naval air base at Guantanamo after killing 2 people in Haiti.
USA – The US Census Bureau released its latest report on income, poverty and health insurance in the US. It noted a continuing increase in the number and proportion of Americans who lacked health insurance.
GREECE – Foreign firefighters and aircraft joined in battling wildfires that have destroyed some of Greece’s lushest landscape. The death toll from 5 days of blazes rose to at least 64.
CHINA – State media reported that Chinese government auditors have uncovered the misuse of millions of dollars in disaster assistance as part of an embezzlement probe spanning 10 central government departments.
HAITI – Tropical Storm Gustav bore down on Jamaica after leaving 67 people dead on Hispaniola, including 59 in Haiti and 8 in the Dominican Republic.
CALIFORNIA –  Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterrey counties due to wild fires.
INDIA – Officials said at least 215 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern Indian and that the death toll is likely to soar.
IRAN – 3 people died in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the country’s remote northeast. Forty others were injured.
PAKISTAN –  floodwaters made another break in the levees protecting the southern Pakistani city of Thatta. Over 175,000 residents fled for high ground and left the city nearly empty.
NEW YORK – Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
NIGERIA – heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in the southwest and led to houses being submerged killing 102 people and displaced thousands. Most of the victims were children who drowned in the city of Ibadan.
SOUTH KOREA – Typhoon Bolaven pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain as it churned up rough seas that smashed two Chinese fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors. At least 9 other people were killed and 10 were missing as the typhoon knocked out power to hundreds of thousands.
SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi health authorities said another Saudi man has died of the corona-virus MERS, bringing the kingdom’s death toll from the SARS-like virus to 42, adding a new case was registered.
CALIFORNIA – In northern California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews increased containment to just over 23%.
NIGERIA – Niger media and the UN said severe flooding since the start of August has killed at least 20 people and left around 48,000 homeless.
LAOS – UN officials said flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
INDIA – A building collapse in Vadodara, India killing 11 people.  The 3-story residential building was home to 12 families.
GHANA – Ebola-hit nations met for crisis talks in Accra as the death toll topped 1,500 and the WHO warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed.
NICARAGUA –  2 miners escaped a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine in Bonanza. 20 miners were brought out the next day and rescuers dug away to free five more still trapped.
PUERTO RICO – raises official death toll of 2017 Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.
(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

CA Storm | Storm Aftermath | Update 4


California Statewide

The Storm has packed helluva fight with Mother Nature and Planet Earth, leaving a lot of pain and agony a long the way.  Here are some glimpses as to what destruction, closures and images have been left behind.


Snow Facts

  • Agua Dulce at elev. 2800 feet reported 2.5 Inches Of Snow. (NWS Los Angeles)


  • L.A. receives 216% above average rainfall in four months. (Media)


Big Bear

  • Highways 18, 38, and 330 restricted to residents only. (NWS Los Angeles)

Long Valley

  • Avalanche Triggers Evacuations of McGee, Long Valley (Red Cross Los Angeles)

Mammouth Lakes

  • US 395 closed due to Mammouth Lakes is buried. (Media)


  • A sinkhole! (CHP Oakland)
  • Closures for SR 24 to SR 13 for repairs have been completed and will be in effect till approx Wednesday afternoon. (Caltrans District4)

Santa Clarita

  • Canyon HS, 19300 Nadal Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)


  • East Wilmington Greenbelt Community Center, 918 N Sanford Avenue, Wilmington CA 90744. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)


Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra


(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2206 PST



CA Storm | Storm Ravages State | Update 3


California Statewide

Since, we began reporting on the after ill effects of the multiple storms that have ravaged a much drought looking canvas has turned it into overwhelming amounts of water everywhere. Even those in the wine industry are seeing their crops being drowned and taking a huge hit from Mother Nature.

We are gleaning information from Social Media that includes media, government and users like you and I.  Here are some details happening in an area near you…..


Gusty winds expected today. Be alert near fallen trees/branches. Report downed lines to 911. (PG&E)

When we say “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” this is why! Doesn’t take much water (just 6 inches) to cause you to lose control of your car. (LA EMD)

If you can – stay home. Flooding, wires down, stranded vehicles all across LA. Pls do not turn yourself into a victim. (LAFDTalk)

Storm 3 not over potential scattered thunderstorms tonight through 1-23-17 may generate periods heavy rain flash flooding mud debris flows. (LA Office of Emergency)


Downtown Los Angeles has received 13.52″ of rain since Oct 1st 2016 which is 216% of the normal rainfall to date of 6.26″ (NWS Los Angeles)

All-time rainfall record at Long Beach today! Daily records at LAX & Camarillo too. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall Totals for California (Photo Credit: NWS Los Angeles)


Alpine Meadows

  • Near Lake Tahoe. Avalanche conditions are extreme. Chains required.


  • Flash flood and high wind warning issued. (Anaheim FD)

Arroyo Grande

  • Responding to multiple reports of power lines down. Please stay indoors if possible. (Five Cities FD)


  • 101 north on ramp closed at San Anselmo.

Baldwin Park

  • Baldwin Park I10 W / Indian Hill Blvd **Roadway Flooding*. (Caltrans District 7)

Bay Area

  • Pinto Lake flooding across Green Valley Road. (Santa Cruz government)
  • Cells (showers) beginning to initiate off the coast. Expect thunderstorms for the this afternoon. (NWS Bay Area)
  • A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning. Please stay off of rocks and jetties and keep your eyes on the ocean. (NWS Bay Area)


  •   SR34/5th St closed. (Caltrans Dist 7)


  • The is underwater! Both sides shut down.


  • Hail is currently falling (Freelance Photographer)

Donner Summit

  • I-80 over Donner Summit. High winds & heavy snowfall, snowdrifts on the roadway. (Caltrans District 3)


  • Evacuation Shelter open at Duarte City Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010. (Red Cross)

Garden Grove

  • E5 o/s large bldg in danger of flooding, evacuations in progress & requesting public works w/ sandbags. 12821 Knott St. (Fire Media)

Gold Run 

  • East of Gold Run to Nevada State border, chains are required.

Hwy 50

  • Hwy 50 holding traffic For Echo Summit from Chiappa to Meyers due to avalanche control. No ETO. (Caltrans District 3)


  • I-80 is currently closed due to heavy snow and zero visibility. No ETO.

Laguna Beach

  • The coming down hard at Camel Pt and Coast Hwy. (Laguna Beach PD)

Long Beach

  • Here is flooding on 710/Willow in Long Beach. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 7)

  • Rain has turned showery & heaviest precipitation has ended. 3.87″ of rain fell in Long Beach, an all-time daily record-Widespread flooding. (Weather Media)

Los Angeles

  • Beginning to see flow in our local streams and creeks. Never drive through flowing water. Turn Around Don’t Drown! (NWS Los Angeles)
  • Topanga Cnyn N of Chatsworth St flooded. NBound traffic entering SBound lanes. (LAFD Valley Bureau CERT)
  • 710 freeway completely flooded at Pacific Coast Highway. (NWS Los Angeles)
  • The entrance to the Point Dume Beach parking lot is closed due to flooding. (LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors)
  • To report malfunctioning traffic signals call 311. Do not call 911. (LAFD Cert)
  • Mulholland closed due to rock slide at Summit Circle. (Media)
  • Laurel Canyon’s slide:  fallen tree cleared but detours & partial closures from previous mudslide remain in effect. (Los Angeles County)

Fwy draining. Need to remove tree and sweep, then open. Good to check in AM though for night rain. (Photo ((above)) Credit: Caltrans District 7)

Los Angeles County

  • LAFD swift water rescue team at Ballona creek looking for homeless encampments, trying to them to pack up. (Media)
  • 3 Firehawk helicopters staffed with specialized swiftwater rescue teams onboard. They are staged around for response. (LAcoFD)

Los Feliz

  • Gutters are an overflowing. (Government agency)


  • Water fall onto Piuma Rd in . Beware of rock and mud flows on the cyn roads. Very dangerous. (Malibu SAR)


  • Avoid Sycamore Canyon at Coyote in Montecito. (Pic showed downed trees everyone) reported by (Media)

Mt. Baldy

  • Mt Baldy Road has been closed at Ice House Canyon due to impassable conditions. (Mt. Baldy FD)

Orange County

  • Silverado Canyon’s voluntary evac lifted at 9 pm Sunday. #@OrangeCountyEOC deactivated. (Orange County EOC)
  • Skywarn is deactivated for today. Skywarn activation is requested for Monday. (Skywarn)


  • Tree comes crashing down onto mobile home. Residents evacuated in time. No reported injuries.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Highway completely shutdown due to flooding. (Photo Credit:  Caltrans)


  • Niles Canyon closed due to rock and mudslide 1/4 mile east of Palomares.
  • Police: submerged solo vehicle accident into Niles Canyon/ Alameda Creek.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • Periods of heavy rain around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to west L.A. now. Look out for some flooded streets in the area. (Media)

Redding (10 mi North of)

  • NB SHA I-5 Vehicle screening in effect at Fawndale, 10 miles north of Redding. All traffic will be checked for chains. (Caltrans District 2)

Redondo Beach

  • Surf has cut through sand right up to bike path in Redondo Beach.

Riverside County

  • SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB connector closed due to flooding, unknown duration. (Caltrans District 8)

Running Springs

  • Heavy snow in Running Springs – 6 inches in 45 minutes! (Caltrans District 8)

SLO County

  • Water has taken over the playground along the Bob Jones Trail.

San Bernardino


San Clarita

  • Evacuation Shelter opened at Canyon High School 19300 Nadal Street, San Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross)

San Gabriel 

  • San Gabriel & I-10 FWY underpass due to complete flooding of roadway. (City of Gabriel)

Santa Barbara

  • Street closed at Loma Alta @ Cornell, Santa Barbara. Homes reported as okay in this area. (Media)

Santa Barbara County

  • SR-173/SR-138, MM 24, all lanes blocked — road closed for swift water rescue due to flooding, unknown time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)
  • SR-18 from Arrowbear to Snow Valley, MM 34 to 36, multiple vehicles stuck in roadway blocking all lanes, unk time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)

Santa Clara

  • Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Santa Clara and Northwestern San Benito County until 1830 hours tonight.

Santa Clara County

  • Glenwood Drive, a Hwy 17 bypass , collapsed, impassible.

Santa Monica Mountains

  • Due to heavy rains, we are closing Solstice Canyon and Paramount Ranch.

Signal Hill

  • Avoid Walnut Ave/33rd St and California between Willow St and Spring St due to flooding. (Signal Hill PD)


  • SR27/Topanga Cyn Blvd @ Old Topanga closed due to slide. (Caltrans District 7)


  • Down tree blocking street in 2700 blk Bonnie Ln. (Stockton PD)

Thousand Oaks

  • Cascading waterfalls from Santa Monica Mtns. not seen in years. (Media)
  • Potrero Crk @ Foxfield hasn’t seen water in abt 7 years! (Media)

Ventura County

  • Text VCALERT to 313131 to receive emergency notifications in Ventura County. Visit for more information. (Ventura County OES)
  • Firefighters from station 50 assisted 4 children with mom and dad who got stranded in a flooded intersection on Pleasant Vly Rd. (VCFD)

Watsonville (7 miles East of)

  • Hwy 129 about 7 miles east of Watsonville near Aromas is CLOSED each way by rock slide, use San Juan Rd as detour.

Yolo Bypass

  • “Everything’s submerged, higher than I’ve seen it since I was a kid.” (Photojournalist)


Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

Weather Humor

“Maybe this insane amount of rain SoCal is getting is just God crying over the current state of America.” — This is the best one so far and we love it!

“Noah and his Ark just went down my street.”

“Remind your kids not to play in flooded yards. floodwaters contains things like garbage, sewage and bacteria.” (Media) – Great reminder. – Ed.

“There are two kinds of drivers in LA when it’s raining… those driving 10 MPH and those doing 90 MPH. There is no in between.” – Slow down ppl. – Ed.

‘Santa Monica Boulevard? More like Santa Monica Canal.”

“California went from mad max to water world in one month.”

“It’s not raining. It’s alternative drought.”

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2201 PST



Hurricane Matthew Is A Category | Update 6

Updated 11:30 EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.


Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the South Carolina.


  • Category 1 Hurricane
  • Passing over South Carolina
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone and rising
  • Fears of Cholera growing
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • 8,450 people awoke in 183 evacuation shelters. – Red Cross
  • 94 trailer loads of supplies will be distributed to communities. – Red Cross
  • How to Help: – Red Cross


8:00 AM EDT

  • Gusty winds on Main Street in Columbia. – Media
  • Severe flooding on the Chatham Parkway near Telfair Place located between  I-16 exit & Hwy 80 (SC).  – News Media

9:00 AM EDT

  • Horrible storm surge in downtown Charleston (SC) with Market and Church streets flooding. – Twitter

10:00 AM EDT

  • Strong winds, flooding, and debris at the Ashley River Tower garage at MUSC. (SC) – News Media
  • People spent the night through the Hurricane on Hilton Head cleared roads so first responders could get to neighborhoods. – News Media
  • Waist deep water on Stiles Ave near Ogeechee Rd. Several trees & powerlines also down. (SC) – SCMPD

Photo Credit/SCMPD

11:12 AM EDT

  • Landfall southeast of McClellanville (SC) as a Category 1 hurricane. – Weather News.

11:28 AM EDT

  • “I  understand ppl are anxious to return home, but I ask evacuees to wait until local authorities determine it is safe to do so.” – GA Governor Deal


  • How to Help: – Red Cross


  •  Keep gas generators away from homes & garages. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes.  – U.S. Fire (USFA)


  • More officers coming in. Long shifts worked, long shifts ahead. – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
  • Firefighters responding to hard hit areas to provide relief. – Miami Beach Fire

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog


Hurricane Matthew’s Anger Present on Atlantic Coast | Update 5

Updated 2am EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.


Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the State of Florida.


  • Category 2 Hurricane
  • Passing over Savannah NOW @ 1:53 AM EDT
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • Tornadoes are forming overnight in the SC area

Credit/The Weather Channel


1:30 AM EDT

  • 80,000 power outages in Lowcountry
  • Eyewitness counts of large trees being uprooted/bowled over by high winds

1:50 AM EDT

  • Matthew is 50 miles off of Coast of Savannah

1:55 AM EDT

  • Matthew is now 45 miles South of Hilton Head (SC).
  • Storm moving 12 mph with 105 mph winds

1:56 AM EDT

  • Greenville (SC) reporting as dry, cloudy and windy

2:00 AM EDT

  • Storm now 45 miles S of Hilton Head (SC) and 95 miles SSW of Charleston (SC).
  • Storm is heading North @ 12 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph.
  • Storm surge flooding in SC, FL and GA now.
  • NOAA releases a Public Advisory related to storm flooding surges, preparation tips (if sheltering in place), where the storm is currently located.
  • Tidal gauge has breached 9.0 feet and continues to rise quickly as eye-wall nears Charleston (SC).

2:10 AM EDT

  • Media reporting 4 people have died in Florida related storm.

2:12 AM EDT

  • Jacksonville (FL) Public Works in process of restoring traffic lights
  • 19,000 Canoochee (GA) residents without power.  City working on it as fast as possible.

2:17 AM EDT

  • Storm hitting NE Florida, producing 15 inches of rain and a 10 foot storm surge.
  • 11 inches reported in Bluffon. Storm surge. Eye of storm hitting area now.

2:21 AM EDT

  • Strong winds hitting Hardeeville (SC) occurring.

2:30 AM EDT

  • Wall @ The Battery in Downtown Charleston just toppled down.
  • White Pt. Gardens have been inundated.
  • Storm ready to hit the area between Hilton Head Island and Charleston

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog