Update: September 30, 2013, 9AM: A few areas of North Bend and Snoqualmie experienced power outages last night, including Mt. Si Road when a downed tree sent power lines down across the road around 9:45AM. Tanner Electric had power restored around 1:45AM.
As some areas of the Snoqualmie Valley (Old Si View) still wait for power to be restored after Saturday’s rain and windstorm, a second, more powerful storm is working its way inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Weather forecasters say Sunday’s storm is packing even more of a punch, as least when it comes to the wind. They issued a HIGH WIND WATCH yesterday and then up that watch to a HIGH WIND WARNING AT 11AM today, September 29, 2013. A warning means the weather conditions are imminent.
According to Sunday’s warning, “Explosive development is taking place with a low pressure center that will make landfall this evening somewhere between the far north Washington Coast and Central Vancouver Island…This has the potential to be one of the strongest September windstorms on record.”
The strongest winds are expected to kick in around 7PM today. Gusts of 50-60MPH are possible. The warning expires at 4AM Monday, September 30, 2013. Heavy rain is also expected Sunday with another 2-4 inches possible in the mountains.
With the ground saturation from yesterday’s heavy rain, along with most trees still having leaves, more downed trees and power outages are possible.