Car launches into a Beach Drive front yard

Just before 7:00 pm tonight, an SUV went out of control and landed in a front yard of a home on the 4700 block of Beach Drive (near Jacobsen Road).
Apparently the man driving lost consciousness and some managed to wind up on the sidewalk, narrowly missing a telephone pole, careening down the sidewalk about 20 feet, passing a parked car on the sidewalk before wiping out a fence and landing in shrubbery. You can see the front end of the car  that was passed on the sidewalk Рwhich appears to be undamaged.

A Beach Drive neighbor who was walking on the west side of the street just saw white fence flying through the air as the accident happened.

The driver of the vehicle was seen alert and talking on his cell phone in the aid car on the way to the hospital.


It’s a miracle that no one was walking on the sidewalk on warm evening like tonight when this all happened.

Tonight’s sunset


This is a classic example of the news we like to report at Beach Drive Blog. ūüôā However, if you have story you’d like to share about Beach Drive life, we’d love the hear it.

High Wind Watch and Gale Warning for tomorrow

Tomorrow’s weather looks like it could be spectacular…kind of like the cherry blossoms that are just starting to bloom.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch (last updated at 11:05 am today as of the writing of this post).

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Seattle WA
1105 AM PDT Thu Apr 6 2017

...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind
Watch, which is in effect from late Friday morning through early Friday
evening.

* WIND...Possible south wind 20 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60
mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...Tacoma...Seattle...Everett...Port
  Townsend...Whidbey Island...The San Juan Islands...and
  Bellingham.

* TIMING...Strongest winds are most likely Friday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Winds of this strength can break branches off of
  trees...topple weakened trees and produce power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph...or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL- 231 PM PDT THU APR 6 2017
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FRIDAY
TONIGHT S WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING N. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT.  RAIN AFTER 
MIDNIGHT.
 
FRI  SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT BECOMING S 30 TO 40 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. 
WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FT IN THE  AFTERNOON. 
RAIN IN THE MORNING THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRI NIGHT  S WIND 25 TO 35 KT EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. 
WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF 
SHOWERS.

Ready for another colorful picture? Check out Wind Alert's forecast for 
Lincoln Park.


EEEKS!!!! If the forecast is correct, we're in for some major wind from 
Mother Nature... some good news -- looks like the timing of the tides may 
be cooperating.


With that said, we are still preparing to potentially flood...we don't 
think it's likely, but would rather be safe than sorry. 

The joys of living on Puget Sound!

There’s black gold in them thar hills!

A local neighbor proudly shows off what his truffle snoot’n dog dug up in one of Beach Drive’s parks.


As I was on my routine dog walk (on leash w/ doo bags), a long time resident and park steward stopped me to show the latest treasure unearthed by his Golden Retriever. Apparently this isn’t the first truffle sniffed out of the woods. Rescued at 2 years old, the golden was rumored to have had truffle training before his previous owners had to give him up. Before writing this post, I was sworn to secrecy as to the exact location of the digs but guarantee to have MY dog in truffle school immediately!

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Bon Appetite,

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Field trip to Beach Drive

You may have noticed the group of students and the school bus by Mee Kwa Mooks on Beach Drive. They are here to study the 43 mile long Seattle Fault line zone that has a portion running through Beach Drive to the Bainbridge Island.

We noticed the group walking by homes along the 4700 block and then heading north. One of the leaders of the group told us this is an annual trip that they typically do in the fall.

It’s reminding me that we really need to get our safety kit ready to be prepared for an earthquake or tsunami.

Power Outage in West Seattle

Several homes along Beach Drive are impacted by a power outage. This Seattle City Light map shows the current outage in West Seattle.

According to West Seattle Blog, this outage is impacting over 4,800 homes and businesses.

Coastal Flood Advisory early tomorrow morning

From the National Weather Service:

Coastal Flood Advisory

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
742 PM PST WED FEB 8 2017

WAZ001-503-504-506-507-509>511-558-559-091145-
/O.CON.KSEW.CF.Y.0002.170209T0900Z-170209T1700Z/
SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-
WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA-
ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-
BREMERTON AND VICINITY-
742 PM PST WED FEB 8 2017

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM PST
THURSDAY...

* COASTAL FLOODING...THE COMBINATION OF HIGH ASTRONOMICAL TIDES
  AND RELATIVELY LOW PRESSURE COULD PRODUCE MINOR FLOODING ALONG
  THE SHORELINES AROUND THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE EARLY THURSDAY
  MORNING.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...PUGET SOUND...HOOD CANAL...THE
  ADMIRALTY INLET AREA...AND THE NORTHERN INLAND WATERS INCLUDING
  THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS.

* TIMING...WITHIN AN HOUR OR TWO EITHER SIDE OF HIGH TIDES. HIGH
  TIDES WILL GENERALLY OCCUR BETWEEN 4 AM AND 6 AM.

* TIDE INFO...LOW PRESSURE SHOULD RESULT IN TIDAL ANOMALIES OF 1
  TO 1.5 FEET ABOVE THE PREDICTED TIDES.

* IMPACTS...MINOR FLOODING DUE TO TIDAL OVERFLOW. LOW LYING
  AREAS NEXT TO THE WATER COULD SEE MINOR FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.


Our highest estimated tide, not factoring the coastal flooding is predicted 
to be 11.96 at 4:34 a.m. With the coast flooding, it's estimated we can add 
1 to 1.5 feet to the tides. 

Inches of Ice on Jacobsen Road

The base of Jacobsen Road towards Beach Drive is covered with inches of ice.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is on the scene. As we have not had real snow in days, I’m guessing this build up of ice is from the natural springs and our freeeeeezing cold spell.

Bundle up and drive safe, friends!

Barking Dog Report: High Tides and Wind

This morning we’re waking up to raucous waves crashing on the bulkhead with spray flying over…and we’re still a couple hours from high tide (as I write this post). We think there’s pretty strong odds that we may flood…hence the “barking dog report” to warn our neighbors who might flood in these conditions too.

Here’s what we’re basing the report on.

Let’s start with the tides:

Add the Puget Sound Marine forecast with a Gale Warning in effect until 4:00 pm.

555 AM PST TUE DEC 20 2016    

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON    

TODAY  SW WIND 25 TO 35 KT. WIND WAVES 5 TO 7 FT. A CHANCE OF  SHOWERS.

Factor in a high tide of 12.18 at 10.08 this morning. Right now (7:30 am), we are at about 8 feet and we have water and spray splashing over.

 

 

 

NWS issues a Coastal Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a coastal flooding advisory.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 11 AM PST THIS MORNING. *

COASTAL FLOODING…HIGH TIDES WILL BE ABOUT ONE FOOT BELOW WHAT NORMALLY CAUSES MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW THIS MORNING. HOWEVER, A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM PASSING THROUGH THE AREA AROUND THE HIGH TIDE WILL PRODUCE WINDY CONDITIONS AND WAVES UP TO 5 FEET. THESE WAVES MAY OVERTOP SEAWALLS AROUND TODAYS MORNING HIGH TIDE.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SHORELINES OF PUGET SOUND…

* TIMING…TWO HOURS EITHER SIDE OF THIS MORNING`S HIGH TIDE THAT WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 8 AND 9 AM PST.

* TIDE INFO…HIGH TIDE FROM TACOMA NORTHWARD TO FRIDAY HARBOR IS AROUND 8 AM…. THE TIDES AT ALL LOCATIONS WILL BE ABOUT 1 FOOT BELOW WHERE MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW NORMALLY OCCURS.

* IMPACTS…WAVES MAY OCCASIONALLY SEND SEA WATER OVER LOWER SEAWALLS AROUND THE HIGH TIDE THIS MORNING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE MINOR FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

Puget Sound Marine forecast has a Gale Warning until 9:00 am this morning being reduced to a Gale Watch through Tuesday afternoon.

¬†TODAY ¬†S WIND 25 TO 35 KT EARLY…EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT BY AFTERNOON. ¬†WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT…SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. ¬†RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

¬†TONIGHT ¬†SE WIND TO 10 KT…BECOMING S 15 TO 25 KT AFTER ¬†MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT AFTER ¬†MIDNIGHT. RAIN. ¬†

TUE ¬†SW WIND 20 TO 30 KT…RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT IN THE ¬†AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT. SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN ¬†SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

We do have extremely high tides right now with a 12.49 estimated at 9:24 this morning. Tuesday’s high tide is 12.18 around 10:00 am.

Wind Alert shows the stronger winds tapering down following the high tide and shows winds picking up again this evening and the wee hours on Tuesday.