A final round of gusty winds is in the forecast Wednesday evening mainly for the coast and Northwest Interior, but we could get a few isolated wind gusts along the foothills of the Cascades through midnight.
The winds will be coming from the south and southwest direction during those times with sustained winds from 15 to 25 mph.
A Wind Advisory is in place until 1 a.m. Thursday for the Northwest Interior, and until 10 p.m. along the coast. We could get gusts up to 50 mph in spots during these advisories.
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Most of these winds have been whipping around a storm sitting off the coast that is about to head to Canada on Thursday, taking the gusty winds with it.
Winds will continue to flow from the east and southeast, off the Cascades and through the gaps from 25 to 35 mph. The wind direction will become more southerly Thursday and range from 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph possible at times.
Some of the peak winds recorded Wednesday include 44 mph in Friday Harbor at 2:53 p.m., 40 mph in Bellingham at 1:53 p.m., 39 mph in La Push at 12:53 p.m., 37 mph in Oak Harbor at 7:56 a.m., and 34 mph in Ferndale at 2:38 p.m.
Power has been restored to more than 330,000 after a powerful windstorm passed through Western Washington early Sunday morning. About 800 Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers were without power Wednesday evening.
"Crews are now going neighborhood by neighborhood to restore electric service from Sunday’s storm. This process can be time consuming as power is restored in much smaller numbers, such as to 5, 10 or 20 customers at a time," PSE said in an update on their website Wednesday.
Tuesday afternoon, crews worked in the area of Southeast King County between Black Diamond and Auburn to restore power. There, Chuck Santillan said his home had not had power since early Sunday morning and was running on a generator.
"Hopefully tonight," said Santillan. "I see them out here working finally, and we'll be able to take some showers and do some laundry."
Still, he was grateful for their work. Santillan spent part of the afternoon driving around giving donuts to line crews.
"Just trying to repay the guys, thank them," he said.
Laura Erber left her Auburn home when she lost power and is staying with a friend who has a generator.
"Yeah, it's been crazy," said Erber.
Kristy Rhinehart worried for families without generators.
"I have a couple friends that live down here, and I'm worried because their kids are probably pretty cold," said Rhinehart.
The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority released the following information Monday:
Although Puget Sound Energy is working hard to restore power, there are still many people in south King County, especially the Covington/Maple Valley area, that have no heating or lights.
People that need to recharge phones and warm up during the day can do so at the following locations through Thursday:
King County Library Kent – 212 2 Ave. N. 10am – 9pm
King County Library Covington – 27100 164 Ave. SE 10am – 9pm
King County Library Maple Valley – 21844 SE 248 St. 10am – 9pm
King County Library Black Diamond – 24707 Roberts Drive 10am – 9pm
King County Library Enumclaw – 1700 1 St. 10am – 9pm
Covington City Hall 16720 SE 271 St. 8am – 5pm
Real Life Church 26201 180 Ave. SE Covington 10am – 5pm
For those that need after-hours or urgent assistance in the Puget Sound RFA response area, they can call 253-886-1181.