For those of you who didn’t see me post this on my social media accounts last night and this morning, particularly those of you who like me are on Puget Sound Energy for your electricity, especially if you actually live west of Seattle: we have major storm action rolling in starting tomorrow night.
High Wind Watch for tomorrow night as reported by Wunderground
Cliff Mass reporting on the storm systems (MULTIPLE) coming in
Money quotes from Mr. Mass’s post:
“Starting Thursday, we will enter a period of extraordinarily active weather with the potential for heavy rain, flooding, and a highly dangerous windstorm with the potential to be an historic event.”
“A true monster storm, potentially as strong as the most powerful storm in NW history (the Columbus Day Storm of 1962) will be approaching our area on Saturday.”
“If the models are wrong and the storm’s track heads further east, Puget Sound could get a very major hit with massive power outages and damage. This is a very dangerous storm.”
KOMO News article that says we actually also have a THIRD storm rolling in next week
All this basically means, everybody start prepping for power outages, because it sure sounds like we’re going to have ’em. Spread the word and batten down the hatches.
Chances are very, very high that the Murkworks will lose power some time during this action. If that happens, remember that angelahighland.com will be DOWN, but my WordPress.com backup site, angelahighland.wordpress.com, will remain available!
Editing to Add:
New Special Statement posted on Wunderground. Says we have a 1 in 3 chance of getting a direct hit in the Seattle area. 2 in 3 chance that the main brunt of Saturday’s action will hit Vancouver Island instead. Any Canadian friends reading me who live on Vancouver Island, or who have friends or family who live there, you all should be keeping an eye on this storm too.
And OH HEY LOOK the Seattle Times is pulling stuff out of its archives about the 1962 storm that Cliff Mass is invoking in his forecast. A storm which, it might be added, killed 46 people and closed the World’s Fair.
Editing to add #2:
KOMO says Seattle city utilities are urging residents to clear storm drains before the storms get here.
KOMO is also reporting that the National Weather Service is warning that this sequence of storms could be very destructive.
Seattle-area friends, even if Saturday’s storm doesn’t hit us directly, Saturday is likely to be a mess. Be ready regardless.