Saturday marked the beginning of this new, rainy weather pattern and was accompanied by strong winds that lead to widespread power outages. These winds were also strong enough to bring down trees around the Puget Sound area, as well as creating dust storms in areas east of the Cascades.
Rainfall totals through Monday night are likely to range between one and three inches with a few spots managing to pick up over four inches.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for eastern portions of the state with winds expected from the southwest at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts ranging as high as 45 to 65 mph. Wind gusts could also reach as high as 65 mph in the mountains and the eastern slope of the Cascade Range.
We can expect the strongest sustained wind gusts along the Columbia River between Entiat, Chelan, and Pateros.
Relative humidity of 20 to 30 percent in the valleys and 30 to 40 percent in the mountains.
For eastern Washington we can expect low relative humidities coupled with very windy conditions that may result in the rapid growth of existing wildfires or more possible newly ingnited fires across the region.
Puget Sound Energy is reporting power outages in the north counties this morning that include but may not be solely limited to:
Acme, Anacortes, Belligham, Blaine, Bow, Burlington, Coupville, Custer, Everson, Ferndale, Freeland, Laconner, Langley, Lummi Island, Lynden, Maple Falls, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Sedro Woolley.
At around 12:30 p.m., Puget Sound Energy was reporting over 80,000 customers affected. By 1:00 p.m., over 130,000 customers were without power.
The highest gust recorded so far was 87 mph on the Washington coast. At 2:00 o’clock this afternoon it’s reported that over 200,000 are without power over the region.
Visit the Puget Sound Energy site to determine power outages in your area — http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Outage-Map.aspx