November 12, 2015
Barb Maynes, (360)565-3005
Heavy rain and high winds are forecast to begin late tomorrow over much of the Olympic Peninsula, with a flood watch posted from 10:00 p.m. Thursday through 10:00 a.m. Sunday. As a precaution, the following areas of Olympic National Park will close no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, and may close earlier if needed: Hurricane Ridge, Elwha, Sol Duc, Hoh, Mora and Quinault.
"With a flood watch and wind advisory set to begin on Thursday, we are taking action now to prevent weather-related injuries and accidents," said Sarah Creachbaum, Olympic National Park Superintendent. "Once the storm passes, we will assess conditions and reopen the park as quickly as possible."
The Kalaloch Campground will also close no later than 5:00 p.m. Visitors who may be in the Kalaloch area are urged to avoid trails and beach areas during the storm, as high winds can topple trees and will increase the ocean's waves which are already predicted to reach 20 feet. Visitors planning to visit the park in the coming days are urged to call the Olympic National Park Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131 for the latest information on road and facility status and to check weather forecasts before traveling. For more information about visiting Olympic National Park, people may visit the park's website at https://www.nps.gov/olym.