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Power outages reported early into Whatcom County windstorm

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Puget Sound Energy reported several localized and 1 large power outages in Whatcom County as of 7am, Wednesday, May 18th, while wind gust speeds are just beginning to increase during an expected windstorm.

Power outage map as of 7am on May 18, 2022. Source: Puget Sound Energy

Over 2,000 PSE customer addresses in Ferndale lost power about 6:30am after a transformer reportedly blew in the area of Main Street and Legoe Avenue.

A weather station located in Ferndale reported 48mph gusts just before 7am.

A total of 2,589 PSE customer addresses were without power across Whatcom County as of 6:50am.

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Power outage map. Source: Puget Sound Energy

Forecasters dialed back the wind forecast a bit saying to expect gusts 50mph as opposed to an earlier wind advisory warning of 55mph gusts.

The latest wind advisory, in effect until 8pm today, says to expect sustained southwest winds of 30 to 40mph with gusts to 50mph.


Whatcom News readers are encouraged to stay up to date with the current weather forecast for their specific locations via the Whatcom News Weather page. Tapping anywhere on the map will display a detailed location-specific forecast.

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