BIRCH BAY, Wash. - Damaging winds are blowing through several communities in the north Sound.
A high wind warning is in effect until midnight, Oct. 26, for San Juan County, western Whatcom County, western Skagit County and Admiralty Inlet Area. Winds are reaching 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts as high as 55 miles per hour.
Despite the windy conditions, some people in Birch Bay enjoyed the outdoors.
"I love this weather. This is why I live here," said Debbie Sweet, while walking along the shore in Birch Bay.
Crews in Kenmore worked throughout the day restoring electricity and repairing a power pole that cracked in the high winds. In Edmonds, a tree fell from the gusts and heavy rains, blocking a road. Communities across the north Sound experienced similar hazardous conditions.
"I look at the trees around me and think, ‘Are they going to come down? Is my car safe? Am I safe?’" said Sweet.
People were advised to stay indoors away from windows and in a lower level, if possible. The windstorm could lead to widespread power outages, down trees and power lines.
Though people are using caution in the damaging winds, some said they still find beauty in the weather. Janice McCrea-Turosky visited Birch Bay looking for rocks to collect along the shore.
"One of the things I enjoy—you just never know what’s going to wash up on the beach and I love that. So, just the excitement of the waves makes it all worthwhile," said McCrea-Turosky. "It’s just a great day to be out here."
San Juan County, western Whatcom County, western Skagit County and Admiralty Inlet Area was also under a coastal flood advisory that was lifted Monday afternoon.
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