"One-quarter inch" an hour of rain in Seattle
"One-quarter inch" an hour of rain in Seattle; avalanches close Highway 2"[/b]By ??ngel Gonz??lez and Susan Gilmore Seattle Times staff reportersIf the heavy rainfall continues to pound the area today, the four-year-old one-day rainfall record for a 24-hour period could fall."We're going to come close. It looks good to break it," said Jay Albrecht, forecaster with the National Weather Service. "It's raining one-quarter inch an hour."He said the record is 5.02 inches set Oct. 20, 2003. Already 2.74 inches has fallen in the past 24 hours in the Seattle area, with the possibility of 2-3 more inches through tonight, according to the Weather Service.Flood warnings and more rain are forecast for Western Washington through Wednesday afternoon as the storm continues to move through state this morning.The rain combined with melting snow, "will cause rivers to rise dramatically," according to the National Weather Service.As of this morning, the only river over flood stage was the Skokomish, but the Weather Service was watching rivers in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.Also, the Seattle metropolitan area is expected to experience "very windy conditions" through today, the agency said, including gusts as high as 50 miles an hour.-----------------------------------half of our apt is flooded, as well as the rest of the 1st floor of this building. any other seattle strutters getting soaked?