UPDATE, 1:10 p.m. | High winds hit the Washington coast and northwest interior Thursday causing outages for more than 14,000 Puget Sound Energy customers alone.
The National Weather Service reported gusts of 63 mph at Destruction Island, 41 at Hoquiam, 57 at Port Townsend, 54 at Bellingham and 52 at Whidbey Island.
Meteorologist Johnny Burg says the storm was accompanied by a half-inch to inch of rain in the lowlands and more in the mountains.
Puget Sound Energy reported blowing trees and limbs were responsible for most of the outages, which were worse in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. Spokeswoman Akiko Oda says crews are working to restore power as soon as possible. If your power is out, check pse.com/outagemap for information. Report outages at 1-888-225-5773 or at pse.com.
Berg says the storm should blow through Western Washington by Thursday night, and Friday and Saturday should be calmer and drier.
UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. | Puget Sound Energy reports multiple outages across the area affecting 13,243 customers.
“Our crews are working quickly in these windy conditions. We’re responding to small, scattered outages across our service area,” PSE tweeted.
Seattle City Light reports four outages affecting 33 customers.
UPDATE : 11:30 p.m. | The 11 a.m. ferry from Port Townsend and the 11:45 a.m. sailing from Coupeville were cancelled due to high winds, according to the WSDOT website.
Reservation holders will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis when service resumes. New reservations will be temporarily unavailable for the remainder of the day.
If unable to travel today due to cancellations, reservation holders will not be charged a no-show penalty.
ORIGINAL POST | Torrential rains, check. Followed up with some rain showers, check. Blustery winds to knock the remaining leaves into your yard and gutters, check.
Yes, fall is here.
“This is our second real blustery day, we had one a couple of Saturdays ago when the Huskies were playing the Sun Devils,” said Ted Buehner, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We still have leaves on the trees, I call this nature’s tree trimmer.”
The downpour drenching Seattle is working its way through Western Washington and should lighten up by the end of the morning commute, Buehner said. The heavy drops will be replaced with showers and the winds will kick in later in the afternoon.
While the Puget Sound region will see wind gusts the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Washington coast and northwest interior including the San Juan Islands, Bellingham and Mount Vernon.
Forecasters expect 25-to-40 miles per hour winds through Thursday afternoon with gusts possible near 60 mph.
The Weather Service also has issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound area from Mount Vernon through Seattle to Centralia. Forecasters expect 20-to-35 miles per hour winds with gusts possible to 50 mph.
Gusty winds also are expected as the storm passes through Eastern Washington with gusts up to 40 mph possible Thursday from the Columbia Basin into the Palouse.
Forecasters say cooler and drier conditions will prevail Friday into Saturday as high pressure builds into the region.