ADVISORY: Batten Down Your Blue Tarps Burien, It’s Going To Be Windy

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Batten down your blue tarps Burien – the National Weather Service released a “Wind Advisory” for the Puget Sound area, effective from 10am – 10pm on Thursday, March 10th.

The weather wonks say we’ll be on the receiving end of southwest winds ranging from 20 – 30 mph, with gusts to 45 – 50mph, with winds increasing around Noon.

“Winds this strong can snap small tree branches…topple small or shallow-rooted trees…and cause local power outages,” reads the advisory.

Winter ain’t over yet folks – the first day of spring is still 10 days away (March 20th) and we’re getting some serious storm weather.

Here’s the full text:

Statement as of 8:14 PM PST on March 09, 2011

… Wind Advisory now in effect from 10 am to 10 PM PST Thursday for the southwest interior… lower Chehalis valley… east Puget Sound lowlands… Seattle Metro… and Everett and vicinity…

* some affected locations… Seattle… Bellevue… Olympia… Everett

* winds… southwest winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 to 50 mph.

* Timing… winds increasing around noon.

* Impacts… winds this strong could cause local power outages  and possibly down trees.

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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