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Strong winds knock out power to thousands across Whatcom County

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Powerful southerly winds, gusting upwards of 60mph in some areas, along with rain arrived in Whatcom County Sunday, April 3rd, and then again in the early morning hours of Monday.

A 61mph gust was reported at the Bellingham International Airport at 1:20am.

As of 2:30am, Monday, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported 3,344 of their Whatcom County customer addresses were without power. The largest outage at the time stretched between Cornwall Avenue and Squalicum Creek and impacted 3,157 customer addresses.

Power outage map. Source: PSE

Smaller outages were reported between Maple Falls and Birch Bay and also on the Lummi Peninsula and Lummi Island.

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As of 7:40am, PSE reported the number without power in Whatcom County was down to 203.

A high wind warning is in effect until 8pm today, Monday, while southerly sustained winds of 34 to 45mph with gusts up to 60mph continue to be expected.

The warning areas are western Whatcom County, San Juan County, western Skagit County and the Admiralty Inlet area.

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