Coastal Town Inundated as King Tide Floods Parts of Western Washington

A strong windstorm and heavy rain caused widespread flooding as king tides inundated coastal regions of western Washington on Tuesday, December 27.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a high wind warning for much of western Washington from midday Tuesday to early on Wednesday morning. The NWS said wind gusts hit over 55 mph in the region.

A flood warning remained in place on Wednesday, December 28, along much of the Washington coast.

Footage posted by Shelly Sytsma shows coastal flooding in Sandy Point. “We’re not going anywhere unless by boat,” she wrote on her TikTok post.

On Wednesday, she told Storyful that she was still stuck in her home. “We can’t get out due to all the water,” Sytsma said.

“There was a water rescue. A couple from Arizona tried to drive through it and had to get on the roof of their car and were rescued,” Sytsma added.

The city of Olympia saw a record high tide of 18.4 feet on Tuesday morning, according to local media. Credit: Shelly Sytsma via Storyful

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