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UPDATED: Lummi Island passenger ferry service suspended due to winds

Gooseberry Point ferry dock (June 18, 2015). Photo: Whatcom News
Gooseberry Point ferry dock (June 18, 2015). Photo: Whatcom News

LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — Officials with the Ferry Division of Whatcom County Public Works announced about 6:30am today, Wednesday, May 18th, they had suspended service of the passenger-only ferry between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island.

Officials said service has been suspended indefinitely due to high winds. When service resumes will likely depend on improved weather conditions.

The National Weather Service currently has a wind advisory in effect through 8pm tonight. The advisory is due to expected sustained southwest winds of 30 to 40mph with gusts up to 50mph.

The vehicle ferry, Whatcom Chief, is currently in dry dock for its annual maintenance and has been replaced during that time with a passenger-only ferry.

About the time of the announcement, a nearby weather station reported gusts of 35mph.

UPDATE 9:30am – Officials announced ferry service was resuming and would continue as weather allows. Weather stations in the area reported wind gust speeds had been decreasing since about 7am.

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