The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a high-wind warning from 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) through early Friday as a series of storms lined up to batter Western Washington.
Sustained winds are forecast to be from 20 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 55 mph, which could break tree limbs and fell small trees.
With the rainfall and the blowing autumn leaves, storm drains might clog, exacerbating flooding, according to the Pierce County Emergency Management Department.
Through Friday morning alone, the Weather Service forecast 1.66 inches of rain for the Tacoma area. In the Cascades, 2 to 5 inches of rain is expected.
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A more powerful storm set to arrive Saturday has a more uncertain track, and the department said it would advise residents as the storm approaches.
That storm, formed from the remnants of Super Typhoon Songda, has prompted event cancellations and postponements in the area.
Lakewood is postponing its 10th annual Truck and Tractor Day, set for Saturday, to Oct. 29 in Fort Steilacoom Park.
In Eatonville, organizers canceled the city’s annual Salmon Fest.
“Maintaining a safe and fun festival atmosphere is important to us, and the forecasted weather would make that difficult to provide,” said Justin Hall, Nisqually River Foundation’s executive director.
Staff writer Jeffrey P. Mayor contributed to this report.
Weather terms to know
If you’re watching the weather closely over the next few days, you might come across some unfamiliar weather terms:
Knots: A measure of wind speed, equivalent to about 1.15 mph, set in nautical miles per hour.
Millibars: A measure of atmospheric pressure, where 1,000 millibars is equal to the approximate average air pressure at sea level. Anything above 1,000 mb is considered high pressure, while anything below is considered low pressure. Commonly used to measure pressure in hurricanes and typhoons.
Extratropical: A term describing cyclones above 30 degrees north, such as the remnants of Super Typhoon Songda, which have evolved into the storm expected to arrive Saturday to Western Washington.