National Weather Service issues high-wind watch

April 1, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 10:20 a.m. April 2, 2010

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a high-wind advisory for Issaquah and the Puget Sound region through 6 p.m. Friday.

Forecasters said strong, possibly damaging winds could develop in Western Washington. Forecasters said residents should expect sustained winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

The gusts could result in power outages across Western Washington on Friday afternoon, if falling tree limbs damage power lines. The potential for wind damage could be intensified because some trees have begun sprout leaves.

City officials posted a list of safety tips for power outages on the municipal Web site. State Department of Transportation officials urged travelers to use caution, and said severe weather could delay highway and ferry travel.

Puget Sound Energy encouraged customers to report outages and emergencies at 888-225-5773. The utility also directed customers to its storm preparation Web site.

Forecasters said the winds should subside behind a cold front late Friday.

The windiest areas will likely be near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in northwestern Washington and near Lake Lawrence in Thurston County.

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