Heavy rain, wind expected across Whatcom County this weekend

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 27, 2013 

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A salmon gilnetter hauls in his net in Bellingham Bay in front of Squalicum Harbor Friday, Sept. 26, 2013. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected in the Whatcom County area this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Gale Watch through Saturday evening.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

Back-to-back storms packing heavy rains and strong winds are expected to hit the Whatcom County area this weekend. Sept. 28-29.

Rainfall over the weekend is expected to be 11/2 to 3 inches in the lowlands, with up to 8 inches in the mountains.

With that much rain, road flooding is possible, especially in areas prone to that. Also, river levels could rise quickly. While the Nooksack is not predicted to hit flood stage, it is possible if the rain is heavy enough.

Winds at times over the weekend will be 20 to 35 mph, with gusts as strong as 50 mph. With leaves still on trees, broken tree limbs and power outages are possible. Several small outages were reported in Whatcom County during storms last week.

Temperatures will be fairly steady, with upper 40s at night and upper 50s during the day.

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