National Weather Service issues wind advisory

March 10, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. March 10, 2011

Forecasters issued a wind advisory for Western Washington early Thursday morning, as strong winds swept across the region.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said the Issaquah area could experience winds between 13 and 21 mph, and gusts as high as 26 mph.

Forecasters expect the strongest winds to occur in the afternoon. The advisory is in place until 9 p.m.

The wind is also all but certain to whip rain throughout the area Thursday. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent during the day and 60 percent at night.

Strong winds can cause power outages and topple trees.

The weather service issues a wind advisory if the forecast calls for sustained winds between 30 and 39 mph, and gusts between 45 to 57 mph.

The wind advisory is the latest weather-related event in a La Niña winter.

In mid-November, winds gusting at more than 40 mph toppled trees and downed power lines, plunging thousands of customers across the region into darkness.

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