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Localized storm system knocked out power to many across Whatcom County

Radar image as of 7am, November 9,2021. Source: MyRadar (Acme Atron-o-matic, LLC)

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — A storm system swept across Whatcom County this morning, November 9th, bringing sudden heavy rain and powerful winds. In its wake, over 4,500 Puget Sound Energy customer addresses were without power in Whatcom County as of 7:40am.

Outage map as of 7:40am, November 9, 2021. Source: Puget Sound Energy

Sudden gusts of wind were reported along with heavy rains as the weather system swept past on an east-northeast path just before and after 7am.

Neighborhoods in north Ferndale and around the north Lake Whatcom area were the hardest hit with about 3,750 without power. Another outage was reported about 7:30am in the Maple Falls area leaving over 1,500 more addresses without power.

As of 7:30am, PSE was using a standard 2-hour estimate for when power could be expected to be restored for most outages.

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There were a few reports of trees down in roads including 1 reported partially blocking the southbound lanes of I-5 north of Nulle Road.

Several Ferndale schools found themselves without power just as buses were heading out to pick up students.

Tree limb is seen after having been blown across wires during a sudden wind storm in Ferndale (November 9, 2021). Photo: Ferndale News

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