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Coastal flood advisory adds to wind warning for Whatcom County

Waves crashes into Via Birch Bay restaurant on Birch Bay Drive during a wind storm in November 2015.
Waves crashes into Via Birch Bay restaurant on Birch Bay Drive during a wind storm in November 2015. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

A coastal flood advisory has been issued for portions of the Puget Sound region, including western Whatcom County, as strong winds push a seasonal high tide Monday morning.

National Weather Service meteorologists issued the flood advisory early Monday to accompany a wind advisory issued Sunday afternoon. The combination of strong wind and high tide could cause minor flooding in low-lying areas, the weather service said in a statement.

“High tides will be about 1 foot below what normally causes minor tidal overflow this morning. However, a strong frontal system passing through the area around the high tide will produce windy conditions and waves up to 5 feet. These waves may overtop seawalls around today’s morning high tide,” the statement said.

South-southeast winds were blowing at a steady 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph about 7:30 a.m. Monday, as measured at Bellingham International Airport. A high tide of 9 feet 4 inches was due at 9:49 a.m., as forecast for Bellingham Bay. At Cherry Point, a high tide of 10 feet 2 inches was due at 10 a.m. At Semiahmoo, a 10 foot 6 inch high tide was due at 10 a.m.

The wind advisory expires at 10 a.m. Monday and the flood advisory expires at 11 a.m. Monday.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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