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High winds arrive and power outages begin

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High winds have arrived once again in the Ferndale area this morning as forecast. The 6th in a series of windstorms is expected to continue through early this evening and has already brought gusts recorded above 70mph in the Ferndale area.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported an outage that began about 8am in the west Ferndale areas of Sandy Point and Sandy Point Heights. PSE said it impacted over 1000 of their customers. Another outage east of Blaine was also reported about 8am and impacted nearly 950 PSE customers. As of 9:30am, both outage areas had power restored.

As of 9:30am, PSE reports over 10,000 customers across the Puget Sound area are without power.

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Winds reported by a weather station near Ferndale High School (December 20, 2018).

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A weather station near Ferndale High School recorded gusts of 71mph about 8:30am.

Forecasters say the High Wind Warning remains in effect until 7pm this evening. It is expected the most powerful winds will occur “for a few hours Thursday afternoon” according to forecasters.

Another storm system is approaching the coast and is expected to impact western Washington Saturday night and Sunday with rain continuing Monday and Tuesday. Forecasters say we could see a break in the recent stream of active weather by midweek next week.

 

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Slow Down, Move Over!

What does this mean exactly? The article below outlines the law and what you can do to help keep us and other emergency workers safe when we are working on the side of the road

Slow Down, Move Over!

What does this mean exactly? The article below outlines the law and what you can do to help keep us and other emergency workers safe when we are working on the side of the roadA recent change in the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law now gives more direction to drivers passing first responders – including highway maintenance, utility, solid waste and tow trucks with flashing lights – on the side of roadways. These crews work inches from moving traffic to help make the roadways safer, and we need everyone’s help ensuring they and everyone else on the road return home safety at the end of each shift.
If you see vehicles on the shoulder with flashing lights:
• Move Over one lane if safe to do so
• If unable to move over, Slow Down to 10 mph under the posted speed limit (the 10 mph reduction went into effect at the end of July)
It’s not only the safe thing to do – it’s the law.
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