National Weather Service issues high wind watch

December 15, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2012

Meteorologists placed Issaquah and much of Western Washington under a high wind watch Saturday, as a strong low pressure system created the potential for strong gusts from late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

The system is expected to develop off the Washington coast Sunday, and the latest computer models from the National Weather Service indicate the low center should move onto the coast early Monday. The system’s exact track remains uncertain, but at least a portion of Western Washington is expected to experience high winds.

Forecasters predicted southwest winds rising to 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.

Meteorologists issue a high wind watch when the potential exists for a damaging wind event. Strong winds can topple trees, down power lines and damage structures.

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