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Wind Storm updates

Broken power pole at Barrett/Pacific Hwy and W Smith Road after a windstorm with wind gusts up to 96mph (March 10, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News

Check back here for periodic updates as today’s windstorm makes its way through the Ferndale area.

2pm
Sustained winds and wind gusts have become notably more powerful over the past few hours. A weather station by Ferndale High School recently reported gusts at nearly 60mph and a weather station at Sandy Point reported gusts to 55mph.

3pm
A weather station near FHS is reporting a wind gust occurred about 2:15pm at 84mph. This is an anomaly of some sort as the next highest gusts were in the mid 60mph range. A weather station at Sandy Point reports its highest gust so far occurred at 2:34pm and was 65mph. Sustained winds are reported in the 40 to 50mph range at Sandy Point and in the mid 30s near FHS.

Even with these strong winds, Puget Sound Energy has not reported any power outages in the Ferndale area. There have been outages reported to the north in the Blaine area though.

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The National Weather Service Seattle office has extended the High Wind Warning one hour from 10pm to 11pm tonight.

4:20pm

tree down on front of house on bay road 2017-04-07
Fire crews helped clean up after high winds blew a large tree down in front of a house on Bay Road (April 7, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

There have been reports of minor damage around the Ferndale area as a result of the high winds but power remains on throughout the area. In one case, a large tree fell into the front of a house on Bay Road. While damage appear minimal, the pile of tree limbs blocking access to the home created a challenge.

Past hour statistics:

  • Weather station near Ferndale High School – 35 to 20mph southeast sustained winds, highest gust was 63mph at 3:20pm.
  • Weather station at Sandy Point – 34 to 58mph south-southeast sustained winds, highest gust was 65mph at 3:06pm.

5:15pm
Reader John Wirts sent in the video below showing plastic ground cover laid out by a nearby farmer after it had been picked up by the strong winds and became tree decorations for some residents east of Enterprise Road.

Past hour statistics:

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  • Weather station near Ferndale High School – 23 to 37mph southeast sustained winds, highest gust was 71mph at 4:25pm.
  • Weather station at Sandy Point – 36 to 51mph south-southeast sustained winds, highest gust was 55mph at 4:30pm.

6:20pm
There’s a report of two isolated power outages on Lummi Island according to Puget Sound Energy but fortunately only a handful of neighbors are impacted by them.

Winds appeared to have peaked about 3pm but sustained winds have been holding relatively steady since while gusts have declined slightly according to the weather station near FHS. The Sandy Point located weather station shows winds declining between 3pm and 5pm and then picking up again. That trends continues at this time (6:20pm)

Past hour statistics:

  • Weather station near Ferndale High School – 17 to 32mph southeast sustained winds, highest gust was 70mph at 5:04pm.
  • Weather station at Sandy Point – 36 to 55mph south-southeast sustained winds, highest gust was 57mph at 5:55pm.

7:50pm
Winds are continuing to maintain their strength. Gusts recorded at a weather station near FHS increased in speed from 5:30 until current time reaching 72mph about 7:40pm. But gusts recorded at Sandy Point have been declining in speed since about 6:45pm when they peaked at about 70mph.

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Outages have been reported on Lummi Island, the south end of the Lummi Peninsula and in the Custer area. Puget Sound Energy reports over 500 customers in the Custer area and 79 in the Lummi Peninsula and Island outages are without power. Most recent estimates are to have power restored by 9pm in the Lummi Island and Peninsula outages and 9:30pm for the Custer area outages.

The City of Ferndale announced tonight’s Glow-in-the-Dark Croquet event has been canceled due to the high winds.

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9:45pm
Winds continue to remain strong with gusts in the 50s during the past hour according to a weather station located near FHS. The graph below details the speeds of wind gusts and sustained winds recorded by that weather station since noon today.

Puget Sound Energy reports 37 customers remain without power in the north Ferndale and Custer areas.

10:10pm
The National Weather Service announced the High Wind Warning has expired and wind speeds are expected to continue to diminish into the morning.

One Comment

  1. Beth Marsau April 7, 2017

    Thank you for all this information and updates!! I really appreciate your web site! And I’m glad that the power and internet remain connected … at least for now! It’s a good day to stay home!

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