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High winds leave thousands across Whatcom County without power

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported over 11,000 of their customer addresses were without power in Whatcom County as of 5:10am this morning, September 30th, and more than half were in eastern Whatcom County.

Power outage map graphic as of 5:10am (September 30, 2021). Source: Puget Sound Energy

Most of the outages began between 2am and 4am according to PSE. A National Weather Service wind advisory was in effect at the time for western Whatcom County due to expected sustained southeast winds of 20 to 30mph and gusts up to 50mph. The advisory is set to expire at 6am today.

A weather station in Ferndale reported a 54mph gust about 1:20am.

About 3am, a weather station on Mount Baker reported peak sustained southerly winds of 42mph and gusts to 64mph. At the same time, a weather station at Abbotsford International Airport reported sustained southerly wind of 18mph and gusts to 26mph.

Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division officials suspended passenger ferry service between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island last night about 10pm. Resumption of service was dependent upon weather conditions they said at the time.

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