More rain, heavy at times, expected this weekend

Watch Whatcom County hit with wind and rain

Whatcom County gets hit for a second day with high winds and rain, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
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Whatcom County gets hit for a second day with high winds and rain, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

More rain, with heavy squalls at times, and a some wind are expected Friday and through the weekend.

Heavy rain is forecast to fall Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Whatcom County (from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon) – the flood watch covers nearly every county of Western Washington.

Highs Friday and through the weekend are expected to be in the lower 50s, with overnight lows in the upper 40s.

Gage height for the Nooksack River at Ferndale was 12.93 feet and rising quickly at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, according to U.S. Geological Survey reports. Flood stage at Ferndale is 19 feet.

Farther upstream near Nugents Corner, the Nooksack was at 144.74 feet and falling slowly, with flood stage at 146.5 feet.

Only minor flooding was expected on the Nooksack, but flooding concerns return Saturday night and Sunday, meteorologist said.

A total of 1.44 inches of rain fell Wednesday at Bellingham International Airport, breaking the previous Oct. 18 record of 0.80 inch set in 2001. Much of that rain fell after 6 p.m.

Winds in Whatcom County were steady through most of Wednesday at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 mph or more, including a gust of 53 mph at 2:01 p.m. that was one of the strongest recorded at measuring stations across the North Sound region.

Some 5,600 Whatcom County homes and businesses were without power in more than 100 separate outages at the height of the storm around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Puget Sound Energy online map.

About 2,100 PSE customers remained without power Thursday morning, including about 1,500 customers in the Kendall, Maple Falls and Glacier areas.

Most outages were blamed on “trees/vegetation” as Wednesday’s storm knocked down trees and limbs across the county. Firefighters answered calls for downed trees and arcing power lines in several areas.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty