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Washington state is bracing itself for heavy rain and winds this weekend, as the remnants of Typhoon Sognda hit the Pacific Northwest.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a high wind warning for Northwest Washington, in effect from 6:00 p.m. October 13 to 7:00 a.m. October 14. During this time, winds could gust as high as 50 mph, 65mph on the coast.

The moderate-to-heavy rains Thursday kick off a stormy period – with a lull predicted Friday before the weather intensifies again Saturday.

Expect rain through the remainder of the week as well, with up to three inches of rain between Wednesday evening and Sunday.

How To Prepare

The NWS recommends doing the following during high wind storms and rain storms:

  • Secure loose outdoor objects and shutters.
  • Close all windows and turn of all AC units.
  • Avoid trees, power lines, and the side of the road. Keep away from high profile vehicles (like trucks and tractor trailers).
  • Trim tree branches away from your house and power lines.
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and extra batteries, a portable radio, light sticks, and charged phones, in case your power goes out.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel when driving.


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