Record rain, high winds as strong fall weather system hits W. Wash.


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SEATTLE — Record rain has fallen in three Western Washington cities and high winds hit several areas as a strong fall weather system moved across the area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike McFarland says Seattle-Tacoma International Airport set an Oct. 22 rainfall record of 1.16 inches by Wednesday evening. The prior record for the day was 0.87 inches back in 1985. The airport records date to back to 1948.

Olympia set a record for the day of 1.33 inches, edging out the old mark of 1.32 inches from 1951. The Weather Service office in Portland, Oregon, says 1.61 inches of rain fell Wednesday in Vancouver, Washington, eclipsing the old mark of 1.06 inches in 1963.

Early Wednesday, peak winds hit 63 mph on San Juan Island and 62 mph near Ferndale.

Minor flooding is reported on the Skokomish River, which frequently floods. McFarland says that river is expected to drop below flood stage on Thursday morning.

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