‘Wind Advisory’ Issued; Expect Gusts Up To 50mph Until Around 2pm


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Batten down the hatches folks – the National Weather Service released a “Wind Advisory” this morning (Wed., March 2) warning that gusts up to around 50mph can be expected to develop across the region until around 2pm this afternoon.

This would be a good time to make sure the blue tarp covering the 1972 Pinto in your front yard is secured extra tight.

Or to get ready for power outages by making sure you have candles or firewood handy.

Or both.

Here’s the full statement in its entirety:

Statement as of 7:31 AM PST on March 02, 2011

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory… which is in effect until 2 PM PST this afternoon.

A strong front is moving through western Washington this morning. Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph arrives at Chehalis at 7 am… and will spread north through western Washington this morning. At 7 am gusts to 54 mph occurred at Lake Lawrence in eastern Thurston County.

Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph… with local gusts to around 50 mph can be expected to develop across the remainder of western Washington this morning as southerly pressure gradients rapidly increase behind the front this morning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph or gusts of 45 to 57 mph are likely. Winds this strong can snap small tree branches… topple small or shallow-rooted trees… and cause local power outages.

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