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1 of the 2 downed power poles lies across Mountain View Road after falling during a windstorm with gusts over 50mph (November 17, 2020). Photo courtesy of Tatiana Stone

Ferndale area weathered windstorm with 60mph+ gusts better than some others

FERNDALE, Wash. — According to weather forecasters, a low-pressure system passing northward offshore created the potentially damaging winds along Vancouver Island and the BC mainland down into the Puget Sound region and western Washington coast yesterday, November 17th.

The following were among the maximum gusts being reported in and near the Ferndale area by the National Weather Service as of 4:30pm yesterday.

LocationMaximum GustTime
Sandy Point Shores67mph10:19am
Ferndale60mph11:32am
Bellingham International Airport56mph11:53am

An 81mph gust was reported at 7am on Destruction Island, located 4 miles offshore west of the Olympic Peninsula.

The windstorm was relatively short-lived in the Ferndale area as indicated by the following time graph.

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Winds reported by a Ferndale weather station on November 17, 2020. Source: National Weather Service

Winds began picking up about 8:30am after the wind direction flipped quickly from northerly to southerly. Gusts over 40mph were reported between approximately 9am and 2pm.

Puget Sound Energy reported thousands were without power around the Puget Sound area including hundreds in Whatcom County. But the Ferndale area saw only a few localized outages with the largest impacting about 30 PSE customers around the Lake Terrell area after 2 power poles fell across Mountain View Road about 10:30am.

The downed power lines and poles resulted in closing both lanes of Mountain View Road between Elder Road and N Star Road for much of the day.

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Some panels were reported blocking Douglas Road and there were occasional reports of small trees needing to be removed from roadways but no significant damage during the windstorm was reported.

There were concerns about the first of the King Tides this season occurring during this windstorm. But there were no reports of shoreline flooding or property damage.

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