Rising tides and increasing winds could make for an interesting afternoon in the Puget Sound region.
The National Weather Service in Seattle this morning issued both a coastal flood advisory and a wind advisory for the greater Puget Sound-area lowlands, including King, Pierce and Thurston counties.
The Weather Service reports "a combination of high astronomical tides and low atmospheric pressure" could produce some minor tidal flooding across the region during today's high tides. The advisory is in effect until 2 p.m.
Also, the agency is calling for increasing winds this afternoon, with sustained wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph.
"Winds this strong can snap small tree branches, topple small or shallow-rooted trees and cause local power outages," the Weather Service warned.
The strongest winds are expected to hit between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Oh yeah, rain showers are likely to continue throughout the day and into Wednesday.