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UPDATED: Strong Fraser outflow winds bring power outages

Update 1pm

Hovander Road has been closed between Nielsen Road and LaBounty Drive due to power lines down on the road.

PSE reports power has begun to be restored to some impacted by the widespread power outage in west Ferndale.

Update 12:10pm
PSE has reported a widespread power outage in west Ferndale some areas between Lake Terrell Road and the downtown area and Thornton Road and Slater Road. 1,800 PSE customers are reported to be without power within this outage area.

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Map of area impacted by power outage (February 18, 2018). Source: Puget Sound Energy

PSE is not providing an estimate for restoring power and warns, in a major storm or event, it can take 24 hours or longer to provide accurate information about outages and restoration.

Wind gusts reported by a weather station near Ferndale High School have continued to reach approximately 50mph since after 10:30am.

Over 5,000 PSE customers are currently without power throughout the Puget Sound area.

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Previous estimates for restoring power at the Trigg Road neighborhood and on Lummi Island have since been retracted.

Original Story (10am)
This morning’s Ferndale area weather has been short on snow and long on wind. Yesterday’s forecast warned to be ready for both. Neighbors woke up today to only a dusting of frozen precipitation and strong northeast winds.

Heaviest snowfall appeared to have fallen mostly south of Ferndale within a convergence zone from Port Angeles east to near Arlington.

Wind gusts of nearly 50mph were reported this morning by a weather station near Ferndale High School. Temperatures dropped below freezing and have remained there since shortly after 10pm Saturday evening.

The regional pressure differential that produces northeasterly Fraser outflow winds is about 25% less than expected so wind strengths, while still damaging, are less than previously forecast. A Wind Advisory remains in effect for western Whatcom and western
Skagit Counties until 10pm this evening.

The powerful winds were followed by local power outages around the Ferndale area plus one nearby that Puget Sound Power reported impacting nearly 2400 of their customers north of Birch Bay-Lynden Road, east of Delta Line Road, south of the US-Canada border and west of Lynden.

Over 100 neighbors east of Portal Way around Trigg Road lost power this morning as did 40 along Seacrest Drive on Lummi Island. PSE estimates Lummi Island neighbors will see power restored by 10:30am and Trigg Road neighbors will see theirs restored by 11:30am

Saturday’s winds left a few hundred on west Lummi Island without power for nearly 12 hours yesterday.

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