Rain in West WA, wind causing power outages, airport delays


A surge of moisture from the Pacific entering west Washington brings rain and wind to the region, causing power outages and airport delays.

The National Weather Service in Seattle said Friday that for most lowland locations, 1 to 5 inches of rain would be possible through Sunday, with increased rainfall along the coast and in the mountains.

A wind warning was also in force in northwest Washington on Friday evening. A strong wind warning was issued on Friday evening for parts of counties Jefferson, Iceland and west of Skagit. The highest wind speed observation was on Whidbey Island at 47 mph in gusts to 63 mph, the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 37,000 customers with power outages at 6:45 p.m. Friday, mostly west of Everett on the islands of Whidbey and Camano to the Bellingham area. Snohomish Public Utilities reported more than 5,000 customers without power, while Seattle City Light said only about 28 customers reported power outages.

KING-TV reported on Friday at 5:30 p.m. that some flights arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were delayed due to strong winds.

The National Weather Service also issued flash flood monitoring for parts of north central Washington from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.


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