High winds knock out power in areas across Whatcom County

Gusty winds knocked out power, downed power lines and toppled trees across Whatcom County Thursday, Nov. 6, yet forecasters expect winds to die down into the evening.

Gusts in the mid-50s were recorded late Thursday morning at the official National Weather Service weather station at Bellingham International Airport. By afternoon, gusts had started to slow to under 40 mph.

The NWS has lifted a high wind warning that was in effect until 6 p.m.

At about 1:35 p.m. near Country Lane in Marietta, 582 customers lost power, and it may not be restored until 11 p.m. More than 100 customers lost power in Lynden around 1:15 p.m; PSE estimated it would be restored at 7 p.m.

Everson had over 350 customers without power with an unknown restoration time.

Puget Sound Energy reported 660 customers in the area of Smith Road east of Everson Goshen Road lost power at around 10 a.m., and crews restored power by the afternoon.

Power also has been restored in Ferndale, where more than 200 customers in the Douglas Road area lost power about 9 a.m. when a tree fell onto a power line.

In Nooksack, PSE reported 775 customers losing power at 10:46 a.m and power was restored shortly after.

More than 1,600 customers on Lummi Island lost power about 8:15 a.m. PSE reported power restored around 10 a.m.

Other scattered outages affecting just a few customers were reported in multiple spots across the county, according to PSE.

Mike Olinger, city of Bellingham operations superintendent of maintenance, said at least three trees were toppled in the city Thursday morning. He advised people who saw any downed trees or power lines to call the public works department.

In Maple Falls, a tree fell on a mobile home at Poppy Court in Maple Falls. No injuries were reported.

Downed trees and power lines had been reported across Whatcom County, including on Britton Road, although county public works could not confirm an exact number as crews were still working throughout the day.

The NWS forecasts gusts up to 40 mph to continue into the evening and then slow to 10-15 mph.