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Updated Saturday 4:45 p.m.
A powerful autumn wind storm is bearing down on the Western Washington region, prompting High Wind Warnings from the National Weather Service for gusts as high as 55-60 mph for much of the region.
The storm made landfall around Hoquiam in the late afternoon hours and will be rolling northeast into southern B.C. as we approach midnight.
After a showery but quieter morning, the approaching storm's effects were felt this afternoon as steadier, heavier rains moved into the region. Strong winds began on the coast early this evening, and spread into the I-5 corridor and Puget Sound region thereafter, with peak winds around the urban core expected in the 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. time frame.
High Wind Warnings are in effect for the coast from 5-11 p.m. for south/southwest winds of 50-60 mph in gusts. The warning then goes into effect for the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett-Bellevue Metro areas at 8 p.m. and remain in effect until 2 a.m. with winds slowly diminishing after that.
For the far northern areas of Western Washington such as Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan Counties, a lesser Wind Advisory is in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for gusts to 40-45 mph. That same lesser advisory to 45 mph also covers the Cascade foothills like North Bend, Snoqualmie, Gold Bar and Enumclaw.
For those going to the UW-Arizona State game at 7:45 p.m., you should plan on drenching rains and strong winds as the game will begin during the initial stages of the heart of the storm, and conditions will only deteriorate from there. And use extra caution on the drive home as you could be driving amid very strong winds and bursts of heavy rain.
All of those wind speeds are enough with fall foliage still on the trees to knock them over and/or trigger scattered power outages Saturday night.
Rain tapers to showers Sunday.
We'll get a lull Sunday night into Monday afternoon but our next storm comes inland Monday evening into Monday night and Tuesday. This has the remnants of Hurricane Ana, but so far, it's not looking that threatening besides just another round of steady rains and moderately gusty winds -- actually even less winds that Saturday night. Highs stay in the mid-upper 50s.
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