A high wind warning is in effect for West Lewis County Tuesday afternoon as southwest winds are forecast to blow at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour expected.
Some residents reported the winds had reached Cowlitz County and the southern portion of Lewis County by 1 p.m. Tuesday, when the warning went into effect.
“High winds will blow down trees and power lines, especially due to the saturated soils,” stated a Facebook post from Lewis County Emergency Management. “Widespread power outages are expected. Avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”
A flood watch also remain in effect for most of Western Washington.
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For weather updates from the National Weather Service in Seattle, visit https://www.weather.gov/sew/