SEATTLE (AP) — High winds and heavy rains are expected this time of year in Western Washington. What's different about this storm is the warmth.
The National Weather Service says temperatures climbed into the 60s Wednesday in the Puget Sound region and hit a record 66 at Sea-Tac Airport.
Meteorologist Art Gaebel at the Weather Service office in Seattle says that's an all-time record for any December going back to 1945 when record-keeping began at the airport.
He says a break Wednesday evening will be followed by another round of wind and rain Thursday that could be the strongest this week. It's part of the same system hitting the whole West Coast.
The storm was particularly evident at Washaway Beach near Cape Shoalwater where at least two homes were falling into the ocean during this most recent storm. Washaway Beach, which has been eroding since the area was developed in the 1960s, has seen more than 100 homes fall into the ocean.
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