Gale warning for Whatcom County extended to Friday, January 17

The National Weather Service in Seattle has extended a gale warning to last through Friday, January 17 at 4 p.m. Northeast winds will shift today and throughout tonight to stronger southeast winds. Northeast winds are generally in the 10-20 knot range, but after midnight, the southeast winds will build with guests in the 30-40 knot range along the coastline. Peak winds, potentially up to 60 knots, will take place between 1 and 4 a.m.

Environment Canada has issued gale warnings for the Strait of Georgia south of Nanaimo.

This event should impact all the coastal areas of Whatcom County including Lummi Island, the Lummi peninsula, Sandy Point, Cherry Point, Chuckanut, Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Semiahmoo, Bellingham and Point Roberts.

Operating a vessel during gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. Mariners without proper experience should seek safe harbor prior to onset of gale conditions.

The National Weather Service has said that the incoming low-pressure system could produce modest tidal surge on Thursday, January 16. Expect minor tidal overflow on Friday and Saturday for King Tides. Coastal communities in Whatcom County may see tidal effects from this event, as it will coincide with the high tide at about 10 a.m. Thursday. The high tides, including storm surge should be around 10.5 feet.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory starting at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, January 15 through 1 a.m. tomorrow for Whatcom County. East winds 25–35 with gusts up to 45 mph. The National Weather Service has also issued a high wind warning starting at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, January 15, through 1 a.m. tomorrow for Lummi Island and coastal Whatcom County bordering the Strait of Georgia with southeast winds with gusts up to 60.

During these warnings, it is important to note that these winds could cause downed trees and power outages. Prepare for these winds by securing boats, patio furniture and items that may blow away.

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