Staff photo/Cali Bagby

Staff photo/Cali Bagby

High winds sweep through San Juan County | Update

  • Sat Nov 18th, 2017 12:45pm
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Staff report

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

At 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 La Conner 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. that day. Impacts, according to the warning, included falling trees and limbs, power outages and minor damage to structures. High surf conditions on the Washington Coast on Monday — with seas of 22 feet — were also expected, stated www.weather.gov/sew. This, said the report, could cause localized beach erosion, and create dangerous surf for beaches, breakwaters and jetties.

According to the staff of the county’s power co-op, Orcas, Power and Light, there was one power outage which affected 195 members in the region at 4 p.m. that day. Most outages occurred around 2 p.m. The co-op’s staff reported on Facebook that a tree in a power line on Lopez Island caused outages on Orcas, Shaw and Blakely, but that was fixed by the evening.

By the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 15, winds reached 20 mph at the airport, according to the NWS, but died down to 10 mph and below through Friday.