High winds sweep through San Juan County

High winds and power outages swept San Juan County on Monday, Nov. 13.

As of 3:30 p.m., the Seattle office of the National Weather Service reported 41 mph winds at the Friday Harbor Airport. About a half hour before, Carol Tesson Curtis of LaConner reported 65 mph winds, at her home, facing south on Skagit Bay.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the area until 6 p.m. Impacts, according to the warning, including falling trees and limbs, power outages and minor damage to structures. High surf conditions on the Washington Coast for Monday, with seas of 22 feet, were also expected, stated www.weather.gov/sew. This would cause localized beach erosion, and creates dangerous surf for beaches, breakwaters and jetties, the report continued.

According to the county’s power co-op called Orcas, Power and Light, there was one power outage which affected 195 members in the region as of 4 p.m. Most outages, according to www.opalco.com/outages, occurred around 2 p.m. The co-op reported on Facebook that a tree in a power line on Lopez Island caused outages on Orcas, Shaw and Blakely Islands, but that has since been fixed.

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