The Latest on our impending storm of the decade.
What likely will be the strongest windstorm in a decade is still on track to roll into the Pacific Northwest Saturday afternoon, blistering Western Washington with gusts nearing 65-75 mph across much of the region.
A powerful low pressure center carrying the remnants of Typhoon Songda is rapidly intensifying off the Oregon coast Saturday morning and then will track inland across the Washington coast into southern British Columbia during the afternoon and evening hours — a text book scenario to a damaging wind storm in Western Washington.
High Wind Warnings have been posted for all areas of Western Washington with these specific forecasts:
Washington Coast: South winds 25-45 gusting to 60-75 mph. Warning is from noon – 11 p.m.; peak in the early afternoon to early evening hours
Northwest Interior (Bellingham, San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, Camano Island, western Whatcom/Skagit County): southeast-to-south winds gusting to 70 mph. Warning is from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; peak winds between 6-10 p.m.
Greater Seattle/Puget Sound region: South winds gusting to 60-65 mph. Warning is from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; peak winds between 6-10 p.m.
Kitsap County: South winds gusting to 60-65 mph. Warning is from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; peak winds between 6-10 p.m.
Cascade Foothills: East/southeast winds gusting 50-60 mph. Warning is from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; peak winds between 6-10 p.m.
Southwestern Washington (Olympia, Chehalis, Montesano): South winds gusting from 50-60 mph. Warning is from noon to 11 p.m.; peak gusts 3-7 p.m.
Strait of Juan de Fuca: Port Angeles/Sequim area may see burst of west wind Saturday late evening.
Those wind speeds would put it on par with the Hanukkah Eve Storm of Dec. 14, 2006 which brought gusts into the 60s in Seattle and 70 in Everett. 13 people died in that storm — eight due to carbon monoxide poisoning trying to use generators or charcoal grills indoor to heat their homes. In all, about 1.5 million people lost power in the storm.
Ok Folks.. Hang on, stay safe.