WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a high wind warning today, Saturday, October 23rd, due to powerful winds expected beginning Sunday.
The warning replaces a high wind watch issued yesterday.
According to today’s statement, sustained southeast winds of 35 to 45mph with gusts to 60mph are possible from 8am Sunday through 5am Tuesday. This extends the effective time period from 8am Monday as provided on the earlier watch statement.
The warning area includes San Juan County, western Whatcom County, western Skagit County and the Admiralty Inlet area.
NWS forecasters warn that winds of this strength can blow down trees and damage power lines. As a result, widespread power outages are expected. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and heavy branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm and avoid windows. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use caution if you must drive.