Worst is to be toward evening and could cause damage and power outages

By Calvin Bratt
 
  WHATCOM ­— Gale-force winds are expected to hit the county Friday afternoon and evening, Oct. 9.
  The Whatcom County Division of Emergency put out the warning Thursday afternoon, acting on a National Weather Service wind advisory. The prediction is for steady wind from the south of 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50.
  “All areas of Whatcom County can expect to see these winds, from the coast up through the foothills. The early-season nature of the storm means that leaves are still on the trees, therefore trees may be more susceptible to damage, especially when combined with the expected rainfall,” the county said.
  A small craft advisory is in effect for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, followed by a gale watch for 5 to 11 p.m. Strong onshore flow over the weekend will keep winds and seas elevated, and the unsettled weather is expected to persist into early next week. 
  Coastal areas of Whatcom County that should have the strongest winds include Lummi Island, the Lummi peninsula, Sandy Point, Cherry Point, Drayton Harbor and Point Roberts.
  Environment Canada has issued gale warnings for the Strait of Georgia south of Nanaimo for Thurday night and Friday, with wind from the southeast increasing 35 knots south of Tsawwassen Friday evening.
  Tidal surge is not expected to exceeding nine feet, however, since the wind is forecast to be southeasterly, the county said.
  It is possible that these wind events could cause downed trees and power outages.