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Forecasters: Morning winds a taste of what to expect tomorrow

There have been forewarnings of constant rain expected this week but wind was only alluded to as a possibility by weather forecasters. That may change after this morning’s brief but strong windstorm.

According to a weather station located near Ferndale High School, southeasterly wind gusts climbed past 35mph about 6am ultimately reaching 47mph around 7:30am before declining. Rainfall began about 4:20am and a half-inch was recorded just after 8am.

Hundreds of neighbors in east Ferndale lost power about 6:30am in an outage that stretched into the Lynden area. Power will be restored by 9am according to a Puget Sound Energy estimate issued at 7:30am.

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Map of area impacted by power outage (October 17, 2017). Source: Puget Sound Energy

While there have been reports of trees down across roads and power lines causing other localized outages around Whatcom County, most of the Ferndale area has been unaffected with only momentary losses of power reported.

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Winds are expected to pick up again this afternoon due to a strong westerly onshore flow.

A Wind Watch has been issued for tomorrow, Wednesday, by the National Weather Service. Southeast and south winds are expected to increase in the morning, peak during the afternoon and begin to ease during the evening. Sustained wind speeds of 20 to 35mph with gusts of 40 to 50mph are possible.


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