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Wind advisory issued in Whatcom County, 100s reported without power

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Forecasters with the National Weather Service Seattle office today issued a wind advisory effective between 4am and 6pm today, Thursday, November 17th.

Sustained northeast winds of 20 to 30mph with gusts up to 45mph are expected in western Whatcom County.

The advisory warns the gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

National Weather Service forecasters said a Fraser Valley outflow along with other smaller foothill valley outflows are the source of the high winds.

As of 8:30am, Puget Sound Energy reported almost 900 of their customers’ addresses were without power. The largest outage spanned Lummi Island and impacted over 700. PSE reported it was caused by trees/vegetation about 4:30am.

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