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Possible flooding to follow high winds

November 27, 2018
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The National Weather Service on Monday issued a wind warning, gale warning, flood watch and coastal flood advisory for Skagit County, as shown in the various colors (purple for gale, brown for wind, green for river flooding) on the map. Winds reached up to 41 mph west of Mount Vernon and 40 mph in Sedro-Woolley as of 3 p.m. (shown in the numbers on the map) and were forecast to reach up to 60 mph overnight. The Skagit River is forecast to peak at or just below flood stage late Tuesday to early Wednesday.

Following strong winds Monday, Skagit County may see some flooding this week.

The county is under a high wind warning, gale warning, flood watch and coastal flooding advisory, according to the National Weather Service.

Coastal flooding is possible between 7 and 10 a.m. due to the combination of king tides, which are extreme high tides during the winter, and the storm currently impacting the region with wind and rain, according to the weather service.

Wind gusts had reached up to 41 mph west of Mount Vernon and 40 mph in Sedro-Woolley as of 3 p.m. Monday, according to the weather service.

Puget Sound Energy had received reports of scattered power outages in Skagit and surrounding counties, according to the company’s online outage map.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, about 150 customers were without power in the Anacortes area, about 200 in the La Conner area and about 300 in the Sedro-Woolley area.

PSE expected to restore power by 7 p.m. Monday, but according to the weather service gusts of up to 60 mph were likely overnight — with the worst of the wind expected to hit late Monday.

Being the first significant windstorm of the season, downed trees were expected to be widespread and cause property damage, according to the weather service warning.

By midday Monday, sections of Marine Drive in Anacortes and Old Day Creek Road east of Clear Lake were closed due to downed trees and power lines, according to Skagit County’s online road closure list.

Colony Road/Colony Mountain Drive was also closed in the Blanchard area due to water over the roadway.

The Skagit River is under a flood watch through 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

The Colony Road area is often one of the first in the county to be flooded during storms. Other areas throughout the county could see minor flooding Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Skagit River is forecast to crest just below flood stage, which is 28 feet, according to the Northwest River Forecast Center.

The river is forecast to crest just below 28 feet Tuesday near Concrete and at about 27 feet early Wednesday near Mount Vernon.

The weather service warns that additional rain could change those river forecasts.

“This storm is rather juicy and if it lingers a little longer ... or spreads a little further south down the Cascades, these areas will see the streams go higher,” according to the flood watch.

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