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First storm of 2019 brings power outages

January 5, 2019

The first storm of the year brought more rain and wind today to Skagit County.

Although less intense than the Dec. 20 storm that caused widespread power outages throughout Western Washington, today’s storm knocked out power for about 2,300 customers in Skagit County, according to Puget Sound Energy’s online outage map at 3 p.m.

Wet and windy weather is forecast to continue through Saturday, but the worst of the storm hit today, according to the National Weather Service’s Seattle office.

The recent windstorm brought gusts in the 30 mph range to areas of Skagit County, according to the weather service.

Power outages were reported today from Anacortes to Rockport, according to PSE.

The majority of those impacted were in Concrete, with about 2,000 customers reportedly affected. About 150 in Anacortes, 60 in La Conner and 30 in Rockport were also affected as of this afternoon.

Due to the wind, a small craft advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, according to the weather service. That means conditions could be hazardous and inexperienced boaters should avoid going out on the water.

As the wind dies down, precipitation is forecast to continue.

The Skagit River is forecast to rise rapidly in response to rain, and the region is under a winter storm warning due to the forecast for snow in the North Cascades.

Up to 1.5 feet of snow may accumulate at elevations above 3,500 feet by Friday evening, according to the weather service.

A winter storm warning means that travel may be hazardous and should be avoided in areas with heavy snow.

Meanwhile, the Northwest River Forecast Center anticipates the Skagit River will peak at about 26 feet — 2 feet shy of flood stage — late Friday.

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