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GOES West Satellite visible spectrum image (October 24, 2021). Source: NWS

Whatcom County fares better than other western Washington areas during today’s wind event – Monday’s may be a different story

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — A low pressure system passed by the Washington coast today, October 24th, bringing high winds and rain. As of 4pm, Puget Sound Energy reported over 85,000 of its customers were without electricity throughout the Puget Sound area, 89 were in Whatcom County.

While there were reports of high winds in the county, including a 50mph gust reported by a Sandy Point weather station at about 2:25pm, their impacts were limited to several localized power outages and reports of downed trees and branches in roadways.

National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters warn tomorrow’s wind event could bring stronger winds to the Whatcom County region.

Conditions will ease somewhat this evening, this will be limited and followed by another bout of rain and strong winds again on Monday as the very strong offshore surface low moves into central Vancouver Island in the afternoon and evening. High winds remain possible along the coast and interior – where they could strengthen after midnight for areas north of Everett, including Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands and Western Skagit and Whatcom Counties. The potential for windy conditions over the north interior will likely linger a bit longer into Monday night as the surface low moves inland into British Columbia.

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National Weather Service Seattle office (October 24, 2021)

The high wind warning issued Saturday remains in place through 5am Tuesday. It warns of sustained southeast winds of 35 to 45mph with gusts up to 60mph. The strongest winds in the Whatcom County area are expected Monday afternoon and high winds are expected to continue into the evening.

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