Tornado Warnings, Lightening Strikes in Prelude to Big Storm

According to KING 5 News, a powerful wind storm expected Thursday into Friday was not as strong as first thought, but it did bring a couple of tornado warnings, lightning, and torrential rains in places. And it’s only a prelude to what could be a historic-level storm expected Saturday.

Two tornado warnings were issued along the southern Washington coast early Friday morning, but no tornadoes were reported. Some isolated thunderstorms were seen in the Puget Sound area and lightning was spotted off the Washington coast.

It’s just a small taste of what to expect Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. The latest forecast models show the system will move up the Washington coast and slightly over the Northwest interior.

Saturday will start with light rain but it will increase by late morning and become heavy at times again on Saturday afternoon and evening. It will become very windy after 6 p.m. Seas off the coast will reach up to 30 feet, so expect some beach erosion.

Peak winds along the coast will be 35-40 mph with gusts of 60 mph or more. In the interior, expect 20-45 mph winds with gusts to 55 mph. Higher gusts will happen in more exposed areas. The worst times to travel will be between 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

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