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Tripper11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 09:38 AM
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Another BIG BIG one is a'comin!!!!
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Being a transplant from Ontario Canada, I embarrassingly got caught with my britches down as it were. On Thursday after working an extra couple hours, I ended up sliding out on the on ramp to southbound 405 from I-90 in Bellevue on my way home to Renton.
While I was stuck, I called Schucks and ordered a set of chains. After WSP State Trooper Curt Boyle(I work local news and he's the WSP King County PIO that I talk to all the time about things, how fun was that!) pulled me out I went straight there, put the chains on, came home and loaded about 400lbs of patio stones in the back of my truck
I am solid now! And just in time according to the next big one coming in Saturday.
Mrs. Tripper and I went out and did grocery shopping, loaded up on tinned goods etc. We have our propane stove, BBQ ready. Enough wood for the stove. Batteries, flashlights, candles....
So local WA Du'ers...are you ready?

High winds, snow, rain, freezing rains.....it's SNOWMAGEDDON II Electric Boogaloo!!!!


/O.EXT.KSEW.HW.W.0008.081220T1700Z- 081221T2100Z/ EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS- 501 AM PST SAT DEC 20 2008
...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 1 PM PST SUNDAY...

THE HIGH WIND WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 1 PM PST SUNDAY. STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS THIS MORNING AND INTENSIFY THIS AFTERNOON. THIS WIND EVENT WILL PEAK ON TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING BETWEEN 7 PM TONIGHT AND 7 AM SUNDAY MORNING. AT THE HEIGHT OF THIS EVENT...SUSTAINED WINDS COULD REACH 50 TO 70 MPH WITH PEAK GUSTS OF 70 TO 90 MPH. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT COMMUNITIES IN EASTERN KING COUNTY SUCH AS NORTH BEND...MAPLE VALLEY AND ENUMCLAW. COMMUNITIES IN EASTERN SNOHOMISH COUNTY SUCH AS SULTAN AND GOLD BAR COULD ALSO EXPERIENCE WINDS APPROACHING THIS MAGNITUDE.

FURTHER WEST ALONG THE I-405 AND HIGHWAY 167 CORRIDORS... INCLUDING WOODINVILLE...BELLEVUE...RENTON AND AUBURN...WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED.

THIS EVENT COULD RIVAL A SIMILAR FOOTHILLS WIND STORM FROM EARLY DECEMBER 2003. DURING THAT EVENT... NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN OVER... BLOCKING RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND MAJOR HIGHWAYS ALIKE... INCLUDING HIGHWAY 18 NEAR TIGER MOUNTAIN. POWER WAS KNOCKED OUT TO MANY RESIDENCES AND BUSINESSES FOR AS MUCH AS A WEEK. PREPARATIONS FOR THIS WINDSTORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THIS MORNING. BE SURE TO HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES ON HAND TO LAST FOR SEVERAL DAYS SHOULD YOU BE STRANDED AT HOME.

IN ADDITION...WIND CHILL READINGS DURING THIS EVENT MAY BE NEAR ZERO WITH AIR TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT A SEVERE HIGH WIND EVENT IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 50 MPH...OR GUSTS OF 75 MPH OR HIGHER WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE LOWLANDS. RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WIDESPREAD DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES THAT COULD LAST FOR MORE THAN A WEEK.

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